Ends Dec 10

A Deal

Members say: Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting
80
Critics
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1 review
Members
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27 reviews
 

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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'A Deal' features a Chinese family's home buying journey in New York in winter 2015, a time of increased real estate property ownership by overseas Chinese and a sharp decline in the value of the RMB against the US dollar. The play explores the ideological conflicts between the East and the West in contemporary society by tracking a little stream of the global cash flow. This is the first Off-Broadway production for international known playwright Zhu Yi, and 'A Deal' will simultaneously tour China in Mandarin. 

 

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Reviews (28)

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Avg Score

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Theater Pizzazz

“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.” Full Review

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55
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Cliched, Insipid

See it if An unrealistic relationship between a wealthy traditional Chinese couple and their US educated daughter .

Don't see it if If you prefer musicals or well written dramas.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in Chinese families undergoing intergenerational conflict or the problems of first-generation Americans

Don't see it if you only want a happy ending or expect just one-liners

Also I enjoyed the enactment of political viewpoints expressed at a family ... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Well-acted

See it if You like to compare and contrast cultures, ideologies, and generations. Serious issues, breezy treatment.

Don't see it if You seek answers. This play raises myriad questions and concludes that the problems are insoluble.

90
Funny, Clever, Masterful, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You'd like to see a play about the great cultural divide between America and China, as people caught in the middle sort out their identity

Don't see it if You struggle to keep up with accents, you don't appreciate dark comedy, you can't relate to stories of immigration and culture clash.

86
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if This play delves into the psyches of a You prefer characters. It exposes the flaws and humanity of both cultures.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to see it

65
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, 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.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if If you like new works by upcoming voices.

Don't see it if You are expecting something light and without substance

88
Intelligent, Refreshing, Resonant, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you're an actor, New Yorker, Chinese or just interested in seeing a fun interesting play that is nicely staged and well performed

Don't see it if you can't stand it when some scenes are a bit slow or prolonged

85
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You like a solid clever plot.

Don't see it if You are not interested in real estate or Chinese politics.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Your interested in contemporary stories about Chinese in America, or just want to see a good play.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a dumb musical.

65
During previews
Ambitious, Well-staged, Wildly uneven tone, Overstuffed!!!!, Implausible plot

See it if you like exposure to many hot topics. Less would be more! Many implausible plot points. Acting works w/in ea scene, but scenes vary wildly

Don't see it if you want a coherent, cohesive plot. DEAL is more about raising issues (some relevant/interesting). Cutting would improve this sprawling work

81
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well written show that’s not only relevant to our economy/politics and society today but it’s staged and acted well.

Don't see it if You have no interest in contemporary topics or ones that bridge multiple sections of society.

81
During previews
Funny, Clever, Profound, Great writing

See it if I can see the global appeal of this rather smart play about family values and economy while taking short cuts and ignoring one's own beliefs

Don't see it if The mixed casting brings forth nicely the cultural differences in the story and the character development, with well placed bits of humor.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you are interested in the issues faced by Chinese immigrants in the US, from type-casting to discrimination, cultural differences w American

Don't see it if you have no interest in other cultures and the issues they face when coming to the U.S,. solely based on discrimination on many levels.

78
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play that deals with Chinese values and culture as told through a family with various dysfunctions.

Don't see it if The above may not interest you, or you are looking to see something with elaborate staging and scenes. The venue is small.

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play about a family from China that wants the best for their daughter and how things don't always go as planned.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about a family and how things go awry.

75
During previews
Entertaining, Engaging

See it if you like a Chinese spin on family dramas. Characters are interesting to watch and the show moves along well.

Don't see it if you want an action packed show. There is a small amount of Ease/West rivalry, but not to oppressive.

78
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Predictable, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a story of how far people will go to achieve success.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas or immigrant stories.

85
During previews
Resonant, Smart, Complex, Fresh, young talent, Does justice to its subject

See it if you’re interested in an authentic, young, Chinese American voice and you want a lot to think about

Don't see it if this topic just isn’t pertinent to you; you want escapism/fantasy/idealism; you want to be told how to feel about China

Also This is so now and so meta I’m bowled over by what Yi’s accomplished. ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience the work of a smart modern playwrightYou ar she makes her off Broadway debut. You enjoy learning about other cultures

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays with a theme of a clash of cultural differences and how that illuminates behavior You are wanting to see total comedy.

100
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if U are interested in understanding the reality of an evolved modern China & its citizens in a nexus of issues & relationships to America.

Don't see it if U are close minded about all things foreign & don't desire to learn from other realistic perspectives about nationalism, culture, & family.

Also This is a brilliantly written dark comedy that is both enlightening & ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like theatre about contemporary social issues.

Don't see it if You want singing and dancing.

68
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in seeing current evolving China issues from two generations' point of view.

Don't see it if you are expecting a linear, emotionally strong play. It does expose you to inter-generational issues of China's the new middle class

70
During previews
Comedo tragedy

See it if You want to see the work of a playwright with talent for complex, shifting points of view. An interesting if imperfect evening.

Don't see it if You think you might collapse under the weight of too many themes.

Also Amusing political misunderstandings, an old love popping up that leads... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Like clever plots. Interested in Chinese politics.

Don't see it if Want lighthearted entertainment