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Wild Goose Dreams

From 70 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

About the show

Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs this original play with music about two people from two cultures forced to choose between family and freedom. More…

Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible? 


Member Reviews (70)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

45
Visual, Jumbled, Meandering, Depressing, Slight

See it if you're time traveling from the distant future and are tasked to see what a hot mess off-Broadway looked like circa December 2018.

Don't see it if you're a fan of actor Francis Jue. This isn't his strongest work. Who else recalls NAATC's endearing 2006 revival "Falsettoland"?

Also Memorable Quote: Life is... "like the tip of a toenail clipped off in ... Read more Read less

49
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if You like experimental theater that is commenting on society in new ways.

Don't see it if You like focused plays that present more than a gloss on characters and story.

During previews
47
Excruciating, Insipid, Disjointed, Banal, Cliched

See it if You enjoy watching stunts that serve as plot : ie a penguin coming out of a toilet ! You can forgive inane dialogue.

Don't see it if You are looking for a well constructed play that forces you to think. You don’t like repetition of dialogue.

Also I disliked this play intensely as did the friend who went with me. I c... Read more Read less

During previews
38
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like non-linear plays on hot button issues with a lot of bells and whistles

Don't see it if You want to care about the characters and like a coherent, easy to follow story.

During previews
45
Disappointing, Excruciating, Banal

See it if If you can get to the main story, about a North Korean woman falling for a married South Korean man - and for the amazing set design!

Don't see it if You care about coherent plots or have an aversion to a chorus continually spouting internet words as if they're "emojis" - doesn't work!

Also The set is GORGEOUS and a real stunner - that and a brilliant performa... Read more Read less


November 14th, 2018
"The diverse and untethered world has been given remarkably coherent life by a design team...Ms. Jung, a writer of industrious imagination, has a poet’s gift for sustaining and interlinking motifs and metaphor. Still, the piling up of incidents and images and subplots has a congestive effect here...
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November 14th, 2018
“A tricky play, full of both richness and distraction. The core story of Nanhee and Minsung is artfully constructed...This beautiful center, though, is often obscured by the stagey ‘online’ and dream elements; the chorus and the penguin stuff feel extraneous and cutesy...Still director Leigh Silv...
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November 14th, 2018
“A tale of loneliness in a globalized, mediated, relentlessly ‘connected’ world...Jung’s play is in part about getting lost in technology, and it’s exciting to see the production create that effect physically and theatrically...A bulk of this human effort comes from the play’s chorus...Jung’s wri...
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November 14th, 2018
"A flavorful if wildly over cluttered portrait of star-crossed romance...The simple tale is quietly touching. Unfortunately, the playwright overwhelms her slight story with overelaborate theatrical gimmickry...There's not enough meat on the play's bones to withstand all the theatrical affectation...
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