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Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Funny

About the show

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.

November 10th, 2015
"This murder mystery, directed with flair and occasional frenzy by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, is a metatheatrical polemic about the way Asian-Americans have been characterized and caricatured in popular culture...Mr. Suh’s preoccupation is with the construction and collapse of identity. All the actors...
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November 16th, 2015
"Clever, witty and engaging, Lloyd Suh’s high-concept play is about as unique as it gets for New York theater. The play constantly teeters between hilarious and offensive, and the exploitation of racial stereotypes spurs much laughter but also serves as a reminder that there is a lot of work to b...
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November 18th, 2015
"Under bold direction by Drama Desk Award-winner Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, the theatricality and metatheatricality are richly rendered, bleeding the two worlds together effortlessly, and handling an at times densely polemic script with hilarious grace...Suh’s take on the delicate matter of race relat...
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November 6th, 2015
"It has the verve of improv, the imaginative variety of sketch comedy, and the ideological passion of agitprop...'The Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery' features a first-rate cast…For all its cartoonish aspects, Suh's writing is serious of purpose throughout. The play evokes plenty of laughter with ...
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