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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
73
Avg Score

69
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

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.

86
Brilliant staging of a social media-saturated love story.

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.

76
Ambitious, Political, Non-linear, Quirky, Great staging

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

79
Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Refreshing

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

80
Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

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.

Also If you are fascinated by Korean culture as well as the dilemmas faced ... Read more Read less

74
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Quirky

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.

88
Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky

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

Also I liked how a play about North Korea can be funny at times and have so... Read more Read less

50
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like people imitating electronic devices.

Don't see it if You want a mostly linear story.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

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

78
Delightful, Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking, Long

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.

75
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

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.

85
Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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.

Also The play makes you think about connection vs. connectivity. We are all... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow

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.

85
Intelligent, Quirky, Interesting

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.

50
Confusing, Dizzying, Overrated, Clever, Ambitious

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.

90
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

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

Also We need more narratives that represent North and South Korea in the U.... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Clever

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.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

90
Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

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.

During previews
68
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated

See it if If you want to see cultures that clash

Don't see it if If you wa t a more consistent show throughout

During previews
72
Ambitious, Cliched, Funny, Disappointing, Quirky

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

During previews
90
Great writing, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Theatrical

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.

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
75
Great staging, Refreshing, Ambitious, Confusing, Overproduced

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.


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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