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“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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.