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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)


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

During previews
Social media both facilitates and distracts having meaningful human contact, Like an interrupting cell phone, chorus chants emails, emojis, messages, and alerts, Great staging, signs, screens, projections, and traps

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.

During previews
Entertaining, Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

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.

During previews
Great staging, Performance theatre

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.

During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Romantic, Relevant, Disappointing

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.

Also I was divided in my decision on the rating of this play. The story was... Read more Read less

During previews
Tedious, Relevant, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

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.

During previews
Moving, Tender, Loud, Busy

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.

During previews
Clever, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like new plays exploring the digital world on stage and don't mind being a little socially uncomfortable.

Don't see it if you have never used social media and don't understand it at all.

During previews
Stylized, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Resonant, Relevant

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.

Also “I think we all have moments of feeling isolated or alone,” -Tracy Cro... Read more Read less

During previews
Good writing, Emotional, Irritating, Intelligent, Slow

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.

Also There is a lot of repetitive "singing" and motioning of internet activ... Read more Read less

During previews

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a play with interesting contemporary social media as part of the script. great acting

Don't see it if you find social media irritating and annoying and distracting

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging, Original

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.

Also One of the freshest things I've seen this year, this play blended funn... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a play with underrepresented characters/a story that isn't told very often; in a new, exciting format

Don't see it if you need a show with an intermission or something big and flashy

During previews
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
Nails-on-a-chalkboard, Slow, Excruciating, Dull, Bad dialogue

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You want to see cleverness., good acting and direction.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if very traditional theater is your taste

During previews
Lovely, Seriocomic, Surprising

See it if you enjoy small plays on big themes with wildly imaginative staging

Don't see it if creative, unusual staging would not intrigue you

Also A play written by a young South Korean playwright is certainly a rarit... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Over produced

See it if You are a fan of Hansol Jung. This play presents another facet of her amazing writing.

Don't see it if If you have no patience for non-traditional story telling.

Also I am a fan of Ms. Jung's work, after seeing Cardboard Piano at Humana,... Read more Read less

During previews
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

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Epic

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!

Also Leigh Silverman’s direction is brilliant. Clint Ramos’ set is gorgeous... 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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