A Deal NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(48 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
13%
Negative
2%
Members say
Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

About the Show

In Urban Stages' dark comedy, Mr. and Mrs. Li, like many new upper-middle-class Chinese families, are proud to give their daughter a life they could only dream of, but they soon realize she’s turning into a dangerous stranger.

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Member Reviews (48)

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Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Inconsistent, Incoherent

See it if Exaggerated characters do stupid things that raise Chinese-American immigrant issues. Good for raising awareness.

Don't see it if Characters act in ways inconsistent with their earlier selves. I could no longer suspend my disbelief. Rolling my eyes by the end.

22
Disappointing

See it if You are interested in a subject that involves proud Chinese parents trying to come to grips with their daughter leaving behind theirculture

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Critic Reviews (3)

November 20th, 2017

“A play that was crying to be written, its subject matter now front and center...It touches many of the great issues of today: Chinese values versus American; the family versus the individual; what constitutes truth and in whose eyes; the immigrant’s dilemma—to remain voluntarily ghettoized or to assimilate...’A Deal’ is interesting, innovative—it’s structured in a series of vignettes—and thought-provoking. It’s also rich with humor...The work is splendidly directed by John Giampietro.”
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November 27th, 2017

“Yi's well-performed…play covers a few too many bases within its episodic, roughly 90-minute format, preventing it from going very deeply into any of them, but it manages to be consistently entertaining and informative…Most of this is offered on a lightly satirical platter, creating a tone more sitcom than serious dramatic exposé… Wei-Yi Lin makes a fine impression as the daughter torn between her parents' values and her goal of American success, and she's capably backed by the supporting company.”
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November 22nd, 2017

“‘A Deal’ explores the illusory deals society makes to human beings that cross international waters like, 'work hard get rewarded 'or simply 'trust that life will guide you right.' In America, our biggest promises are welcome and opportunities for all, and this play reveals the lie…‘A Deal’ feels like a series of scenes from a film…Su’s “origin” lies devastate her parents who gave her so much, but Zhu Yi’s riveting writing goes on to question them, as well, in terms of the lies we tell ourselves.”
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