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?
See it if this is quirky touching/funny story of how two very lonely and awkward people deal w feelings of isolation, insignificance & failure
Don't see it if bolted on to story is simulation of effect of internet culture on story by talented chorus of actors; cute but distracting/irrelevant
See it if you want to see how a design team—set, lighting, costumes, sound—can overshadow a so-so play.
Don't see it if you like interesting central characters. The chorus steals the show from the two leads. Francis Jue is, as always, remarkable.
See it if You like unlikely love stories set in a fantasy wold. Loneliness of two opposites who become lovers, wary of their future. Set in Korea.
Don't see it if You expect a linear story line with earthly characters, and all action tied up in a neat little bow. Be prepared for simulated sex.
See it if You enjoy quirky theater with a great premise that isn't seen a lot in theater. Great acting, interesting chorus. Phenomenal design.
Don't see it if You don't like themes of loneliness, loss, families separated and you need a happy ending. You don't like characters playing cellphones.
See it if you like new playwrights broaching different subjects. You know actual goose fathers, their wives, or kids.
Don't see it if you prefer a cliché presented really well over new topics/observations presented with impalpable problems.
See it if you want to see an artistic and culturally-inspired play about loneliness, separation, and dating in the technological world.
Don't see it if you don't want to see an ambitious, but flawed play. Some of the dialogue could be better written and was not as funny as intended.
See it if a story about loneliness in the age of social media; relationship between 2 people separated from their families
Don't see it if several parts have rapidly sung social media & computer terms & phrases; metaphors & fantasy mixed in with story; sad effects of loneliness
See it if Loneliness takes on depth when applied to particular situations in the two Koreas. Small stories almost overwhelmed by intricate staging.
Don't see it if The Tory is a drama wrapped in glistening technology. Remember that at denouement. Also, be aware some of the technology & music is loud.
See it if In a social media obsessed world,N Korean woman meets S Korean man who's family has flown away.They learn what it means to be lonely&to love
Don't see it if Some awkward humor/lines, which may be Korean lost in translation to English. Online/smartphone jargon annoys you. Guns are triggering.
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See it if You want to see something different--is it a play or a musical? You are interested in stories about loneliness. You like Korea.
Don't see it if You want to see something more conventional. You don't like the idea of non-Asians taking part in an Asian story.
See it if Innovative staging . Interesting love story, although gets a little muddled in metaphor.
Don't see it if Unconventional use of language. Cannot see past Korean mise-en-scène.
See it if you are interested in a relationship between a No, & So. Korean & the family ties that thwart the chance of a life together.
Don't see it if you prefer a plot that flows with some consistency.
See it if Rhythmic & symphonic in its structure exploring loneliness, yearning, freedom, family & the difficulty of communicating even in same tongue
Don't see it if It is not a linear narrative but in its exploration of storytelling and creating our own narratives this is a beautiful and creative tale
See it if you are interested in relationship plays that touch on deep and serious themes. Sad and touching and very well done by all. Loneliness hurts
Don't see it if you are not interested in the pain of missed opportunity and failure.This is about the need for contact and the mistakes that thwart success
See it if Like imaginative quirky topically relevant theater. Ethereal piece..Great Staging and acting.
Don't see it if For a totally linear piece. Prefer not to pay close attention from beginning to end to put all together.
See it if you are interested in the life of a North Korean defector and a South Korean working in Seoul whose family is in the United States.
Don't see it if you expect a "normal" play. This is more of an experience with imagery and dreams acted out.
See it if you want a creative glimpse into Korean culture and the connections and lack of connections people have. It has a magic realism feel to it.
Don't see it if you can't relate to Korean culture. The chorus portrays a constant stream of social media which can get annoying. Over the top symbolism.
See it if you enjoy Brecht and experimental, quirky theatre. The cast is good. The production and staging felt like a high end college show from 1990
Don't see it if you're expected a polished piece of writing. Little play, what do you want to be? It also felt oddly dated for such a relevant story.
See it if If you wan't to see Asian-Americans in a more favorable light.I thought they were portrayed as a couple who were searching for love.
Don't see it if I was glad to see no discernible stereotyping of Asian-Americans.This was a story of two people who were lonely and needed to find some comp
See it if With great sophistication explores the interplay of world politics, intimate life and the cyber revolution..
Don't see it if you prefer your entertainment without intelligence. But really, ignore my sarcasm: this is a must see.
See it if You can appreciate a bittersweet tale set on the Korean peninsula and built on a classic myth/legend framework.
Don't see it if you hate the world of bits and bytes.
See it if you want to know some people's experiences in Korea. Multi-layered: world politics, being a parent/dad or daughter, connections, loneliness.
Don't see it if Seeing non-linear show is not your thing. I LOVED the set -some say it is distracting. If you only want happy in your play. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
See it if an assured, fanciful, funny new work by exciting new writer to the theatre scene directed with skill and flair by veteran director
Don't see it if if plays with choruses and dream scenes are not your cuppa tea for some reason, this may not be for you
See it if You'll like this if you're up to a different type of show - not linear - that utilizes digital media for high impact. Terrific set!
Don't see it if You need something straightforward, linear, and pre-digital.