National Asian American Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new play that fuses an Agatha Christie murder mystery with the birth of Asian American Theatre. More…
1967. The auspicious beginnings of a new political identity called Asian American, as a young literary hippie named Frank essays an inscrutable Chinese detective. A harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ends in a grotesque carnival of murder.Lloyd Suh's "Charles Francis Chan, Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery" is NAATCO's first commission. It is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," the novel that introduced Hercule Poirot.
See it if Pure fun and intelligent, too. The Asian artist in America channeled through the characters in the old Charlie Chan movies
Don't see it if Jeffrey Omura is great as the Number One son character. Jeffrey Biehl nails Charlie Chan played by a white actor. Priceless!
See it if you are interested in Asian American ideas/actors/plays, etc. You are looking for social commentary.
Don't see it if you are offended by yellow face, even if done as a a way to discuss stereotypes.
See it if you are up for a refreshingly well-articulated satirical look at the Asian American experience.
Don't see it if you are looking for a short evening with no intermission, as it's kind of long (but worth it!).
See it if Want to support Asian American actors and stories, to hear rapid fire dialogue delivered impeccably
Don't see it if for a conventional plot, don't believe Asians are the target of discrimination, or know ditto without needing to be hit over the head w it
See it if You like bold theatre that makes you laugh, think. And feel.
Don't see it if You have a weird hangup about going to TriBeCa to see plays.
See it if you like theatre that challenges the status quo and that is both entertaining and thought provoking.
Don't see it if you don't like to be challenged by theatre!
See it if if you are interested in issues of representation, you want to see more Asian American stories, you want to be challenged intellectually
Don't see it if you don't like a blending of styles, you are looking for realism