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 A North Korean defector and a lonely South Korean man (with wife and daughter in USA) try to bridge barriers and forge a relationship.
Don't see it if You dislike experimental theatre. You want a play about relationships unburdened by distance, borders, and Internet cacophony.
See it if A good story about a subject rarely spoken of - Korean men who send their families to the US. A young, lively cast. Great set.
Don't see it if The attempt to be hip by having a chorus act as the voice of websites and phones was mostly distracting.
See it if you enjoy "performance" style theatre. Creative use of a greek chorus in a modern story about people trying to connect in today's space.
Don't see it if you don't like "performance art". The plot almost feels like it is the filler between the actual filler of the show.
See it if You want to see a play about loneliness between a North Korean woman and a South Korean man who connect through social media.
Don't see it if You don’t like plays that depend on a Greek chorus.
See it if you want exploration of loneliness of 2 connecting via social media -- amidst issues of N. & S. Korea, and husbands separated from family.
Don't see it if you want engaging theater. SLOW, with repetitive chorus "performing" the buzz of facebook, online dating, & instagram. Contrived & tedious.
See it if You'd like a story caught between the jangling of social media and the quiet frustration of loneliness and separation from family.
Don't see it if You like your theater to play out familiar themes in familiar forms, need happy endings, or somehow don't like Francis Jue.
See it if You are feeling particularly lonely at this moment. Like, right now as you're reading this. Go. Someone in this world cares for you. Now go.
Don't see it if You dislike theatre that relies heavily on artifice. There is a very real, human story but it is sometimes obscured by certain devices.
See it if You want to see an Asian story that at its core is good but the execution muddles the text and tone.
Don't see it if You are going to be annoyed by a lot of extraneous nonsense going around an emotional romance between two Koreans that detracts from it.
See it if A play about a woman who fled North Korea and a lonely South Korean man, whose family live in the U.S., both looking for love & more.
Don't see it if The background chorus dealing with emojis wears thin after awhile. It's a simple story line about people searching for happiness.
See it if You like original works that feature great staging and performances, interesting characters and plot, that combine humor and pathos.
Don't see it if You don't like things that mix the surreal with the real, that shift between humor and pathos.
See it if you like how the Public Theater lavishes spending on even poorly written work. The North/South Korea theme should have been the entire focus
Don't see it if you are annoyed by flat-footed dialogue and equally flat acting. The chorus gratingly verbalizes all social media emojiis and responses.
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!
See it if Hansol Jung’s unique storytelling, with fluid changes in location and stylized linguistics, are brilliant.
Don't see it if Please secure your ticket and see this magnificent show!