The Play Company presents an irreverent, genre-bending piece about a Chinese dissident artist. Part of the Summer Shares season at La MaMa. More…
Theater makers Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday Evans apply their playful imaginations to the work of a Chinese dissident artist. Their hybrid show invites you to navigate a labyrinthine trail between truth and perception, authority and authenticity, illusionary art and real jeopardy.
See it if What is truth? Be prepared for a surprising and perplexing exploration.
Don't see it if You don't like mental gymnastics.
See it if you enjoy plays that take you on a journey—with a number of bumps along the way. Good ensemble acting.
Don't see it if you enjoy linear plays. Or if you don't want to be played with by this production.
See it if you want a play that is intelligent and funny, with a non-linear plot that constantly makes you question what is truth & what is illusion
Don't see it if you don't want one that's intentionally confusing & that takes you out of your comfort zone by overturning your expectations & assumptions
See it if You like unpredictable plays that draw you in through multiple levels and challenge you to think.
Don't see it if You prefer straightforward shows with easy-to-follow plots.
See it if You love meta-theater, even if the meta aspects overshadow the theatrical aspects.
Don't see it if Theater bordering on gimmick annoys you.
See it if You'd like a thoughtful, intelligent exploration of life and humanity in a small theater setting
Don't see it if You need a linear story with a plot, dislike off-Broadway productions in small settings or feel uncomfortable with dissimulation
See it if You like theater that makes you think and is also enjoyable. Excellent script and acting and several fabulous dizzy moments of pure joy.
Don't see it if You like plays that are conventional.
See it if A fascinating take on truth and how it is stretched and manipulated.Well acted and imaginative
Don't see it if looking at truth and questions about it unsettle you.
See it if you enjoy intellectually challenging theatre. Portrays lines between perception & reality; truth & fiction; art & activism & it's very funny
Don't see it if you don't want to be "caught" being entrapped in the very issues the play is exploring.
See it if You enjoy being challenged by a piece of theater. This show delights in confusing you, so just go along for the ride.
Don't see it if You don't like confusing or challenging theater. This show sticks with you, but only if you can allow your mind to be expanded.
See it if you are interested in exploring what "truth" means or are interested in postmodernism.
Don't see it if you are looking for a show with a plot that proceeds in a traditionally narrative way.
See it if You enjoy theater in a small setting, you are ok with being confused about the truth (it's the point of the show)
Don't see it if You need a straightforward plot, you don't like monologues
See it if you enjoy performance art & are in the mood for an experience that will challenge your perception of reality & generate plenty of discussion
Don't see it if you like theater in a box, with linear narratives & the play's message served on a silver platter
See it if you like funny plays that have the ring of truth to them. Also knowing about theatre insiderness will help! I laughed a lot.
Don't see it if you struggle with language heavy plays, plays that really on traditional story-telling.
See it if You are interested in new, edgy art of all mediums that is unlike anything you've ever seen.
Don't see it if You are looking for a feel-good, easily digestible piece of theatre.