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Among the Dead

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Resonant, Confusing

About the show

Ma-Yi Theater Company presents the world premiere of a surreal dark comedy about three fractured family members who find each other through SPAM, journals, and Jesus. Mostly Jesus. More…

Korean American Ana travels to Seoul in 1975 to retrieve her recently deceased father’s ashes. Luke is a young American soldier fighting in the jungles of Myanmar in 1944. Number Four is the name of a Korean "comfort woman" camping out on a bridge in Seoul in 1950, waiting for the return of the US soldier who fathered her daughter. Three separate time periods collide in a small hotel room in Korea, mediated by a shape-shifting Jesus posing as a bellboy.

Member Reviews (9)


Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Resonant, Confusing
Avg Score

Excruciating, Thought-provoking, Loud, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You want to support young writers. The plot format is imaginative. The space is well used.

Don't see it if Senseless murder and rape offend you. A GI negotiates a jungle by lying to, using, then abandoning to prostitution a native woman.

Exceptional writing, a play that will haunt you

See it if you like quality theater and innovative storytelling....this play has strong writing, smart staging, and impressive acting going for it

Don't see it if you're too lazy to experience a multi-layered intricate story. You prefer linear structure

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that are funny and moving at the same time. Great acting and staging.

Don't see it if You want the same old formulaic stuff.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense

See it if If you want to be moved, if you're interested in humans struggling, if you like intimate performances

Don't see it if If seeing onstage rape would bother you, if you're just looking for a fun show

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if You like innovative staging, enjoy history and seeing things from a different view

Don't see it if You want a lavish set, are creeped out by war stories

Also Wonderful play. Creative, funny and thought provokings. Highly recomme... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to be taken on a multi-leveled journey of gripping emotion.

Don't see it if Just see it!

Delightful, Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love Christmas classics.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

During previews
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you can keep track of 3 confusing story lines going on simultaneously, This theater company is one of my favorites, but this play was a bust

Don't see it if you want a clear storyline .

During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to experience a new take on a family reunion story and are also interested in seeing a new spin on a war narrative.

Don't see it if you only like linear plots and/or have trouble following multiple storylines at once (there are 3 storylines in this instance).

Also I appreciate how the play toys with the expected war narrative while a... Read more Read less

November 21st, 2016
"Comedy of the laugh-out-loud variety is the surprising top note in Hansol Jung’s surreal, somberly titled 'Among the Dead,' a smart and stinging new play...Time blurs and blends in this strikingly designed Ralph B. Peña world-premiere production for Ma-Yi Theater Company, at Here...With this out...
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November 16th, 2016
"What a privilege it is to experience truly special writing like Hansol Jung’s ‘Among the Dead.’ This play totally blew me away. A multi-layered story of great depth, ‘Among the Dead’ is a feat of technical elements and story structure...Handles tough subject matter with the reverence such topics...
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November 12th, 2016
"Director Ralph B. Peňa and his design team have fashioned a moving dark comedy from Yung’s script...Jung’s script has its issues – it’s nothing if not sprawling – but it’s also willing to take chances and to do so with a sense of humor. Its characters are generally accessible. You can relate to,...
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November 14th, 2016
"Ms. Jung’s reach exceeds her grasp as she attempts to give us a history lesson, comedy, and deeply moving drama rolled up into one package. There are elements of all three here, but in the end, it fell short on all accounts. Too confusing to be a true history lesson...Mr. Pena did an excellent a...
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