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 No new messages. Feel like I should do this in binary, but not enough keystrokes. Creative view using people of countries not normally used.
Don't see it if You need the "wow" factor.
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.
See it if You are a fan of creative staging and of plays that consider the significance of technology and social media on individuals.
Don't see it if You need to bond emotionally with the characters. These were not readily relatable.
See it if you are curious about North Korea, conflict within the American-Korean community. if you want to see quit unusual set design and staging
Don't see it if you don't like fast pace talking, American slang, lots of social media and technology references. don't like translation on stage
See it if An original play depicting life in South Korea. Fantastic concept and exciting staging.
Don't see it if You are not interested in South Korea, or modern themes
See it if you're interested in a fascinating story set in a particular culture that nevertheless uses a diverse cast well, and an ensemble inventively
Don't see it if you need big stories, don't have patience for a bit of a slow burn, or dislike shows with extensive ensemble participation.
See it if you enjoy theater that is relevant and inventive at the same time.
Don't see it if you prefer traditional storytelling or don't enjoy the use of a "Greek chorus" to move the story along.
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.
See it if you want to see Asian-Americans add to the diversity of the stage to reflect the real world. This play was thought-provoking and poignant.
Don't see it if you want a linear plot or if you don't like metaphors.
See it if You want to see a romance from a different culture and hear some interesting singing from a talented chorus
Don't see it if You’re triggered by intense dream imagery involving penguins (really) or if you’re looming for a more traditional play.
See it if you have a tie to the far from "home" lifestyle. You like epic a-cappella performances. You understand loneliness. You like dreamscapes.
Don't see it if Stylistic acting choices irritate you.
See it if You like colorful noisy and busy plays that are about other cultures.
Don't see it if You like a sweet story upfront instead of hidden deep in dizzying background visual and sound.
See it if It is really creative to write internet as characters in the play!! and they sing too.
Don't see it if the acting of the leads is a little bit off, but overall it was such a unique and moving and imaginative experience
See it if You are open to experimental, contemporary theater commenting on modern day life. And love seeing everything at the Public Theatre
Don't see it if you like traditional plays presented in a straightforward fashion.
See it if You’re looking for beautiful, thought-provoking theatre that uses modern tech to enhance the story.
Don't see it if You don’t like modern technology portrayed onstage.
See it if You're interested in stories about how people deal and cope with distance, and how they don't.
Don't see it if You don't like bittersweet love stories with older adults.
See it if interested in the 2 Koreas, like love stories between troubled folks, internet and app-based stories, chorus to add/break tension
Don't see it if don't like a chorus that prolongs the narrative for no purpose or care for either North or South Korea, dishonest or fearful protagonists
See it if you want to see a show that is at once dazzlingly theatrical and deeply honest about how we connect with other people.
Don't see it if you don't like theater. If you do, I highly recommend you see this.
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.
See it if you want to see the story of 2 lonely Koreans -- a married man in Seoul supporting a wife and daughter in the US and a N. Korean defector.
Don't see it if you don't like trendy productions that almost smother a simple story with an attention-grabbing garish set and a relentless chorus.