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House Rules

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Resonant, Funny

About the show

Ma-Yi Theater Company presents a world premiere play about two sets of Filipino-American siblings whose lives are thrown into crisis when they realize their parents won't always be there to help them. More…

Two families (and some guy named Henry) panic when they realize their parents won’t be around forever. Rod thinks the game is fixed. Momo’s still learning the rules. Twee doesn’t think winning is enough. JJ hates his hand. And why the hell is Henry still playing? Afraid for the future, they try whatever they can to be prepared when they're the ones left holding all the cards. 'House Rules' is about mortality and that feeling of panic you experience when you realize the elders who guide you are eventually going to be gone.

Member Reviews (15)


Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Resonant, Funny
Avg Score

Resonant, Great staging, Insightful, Sweet, Great writing

See it if you want to see a sweet, insightful show with a refreshingly honest look at the value of family.

Don't see it if you've never been a parent or a sibling or someone's child or a person.

Moody asian contentious hopeful

See it if Two sets of siblings who hate/love each other. Dying father from hell. Learning Tagalog on a laptop

Don't see it if Filipino family squabbles. Gay lovers break up before you know they're a couple. House rules for Monopoly and mah jongg are very amusing

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy being emotionally moved by the complexities of family relationships

Don't see it if you're bothered by harsh language

Entertaining, Great staging, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You'd enjoy a multi tiered family drama exploring questions of responsibilities owed, independence earned and acceptance. Charming and fun.

Don't see it if It would work your nerves to be drawn into family drama or the particularities, especially of a Filipino family dynamic, don't interest you.

Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you like plays about family and being forced to grow up, through the lens of Filipino-American characters to which we can all relate.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something big and splashy. This is a quiet, resonant piece with much levity.

Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like complex stories about family dynamics.

Don't see it if Too many story lines at once is a turn off.

Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you like family dramas, like Asian American dramas, want to support new work

Don't see it if you need everything to be perfect - it's got some flaws, but it's a strong effort

Funny, Great staging, Resonant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays about ppl and relationships. If you wanna see good post gay theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like realism Or a traditional arch

Great acting, Relevant, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to experience how it feels to balance two very different cultures and be caught floundering in between.

Don't see it if you are not into plays that rely heavily on dialogue for storytelling.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Profound

See it if You like a story that is thought provoking and original.

Don't see it if You don't like relationship plays.

Clever, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You interact with humanity.

Don't see it if You cheat.

Resonant, Must see, Original, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like seeing a great set put to work, and like to see how an immigrant story plays out over generations

Don't see it if You don't want to see a different immigration story, or hearing a language other than English makes you uncomfortable

Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You're in town

Don't see it if You have a lot to do

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You want to laugh

Don't see it if Hate comedy

During previews
Original, Funny, Resonant, Sleek

See it if you're interested in seeing a sleekly and tightly directed new drama about mortality, family, and relationships. Well acted and designed.

Don't see it if you're unable to get through some slower parts of this 110 minute intermission-less show. However, the play's direction keeps it moving.

April 1st, 2016
"Mr. Pamatmat has compelling ideas about human psychology and dramatic structure, but the completed play, under Ralph B. Peña’s somewhat busy direction, doesn’t always serve them well. Despite the talent and magnetism of the actors, the characters and their relationships can too often feel like c...
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April 4th, 2016
"Despite the procession of largely banal emotional revelations, 'House Rules' remains watchable, largely because a skillful cast works at downplaying the characters' often-immature, self-pitying characteristics...In the end, 'House Rules' feels like the work of a writer who, having made a discove...
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April 10th, 2016
"A talented and engaging cast...Though the technical and theatrical aspects of this production are undoubtedly successful, the message of this story is somehow lost along the way...This heartfelt family story devolves into a set of characters with clichéd motivations and almost no character growt...
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April 1st, 2016
"Ralph B Pena direction is sharp, swift and fun...The cast is fierce and unstoppable. A. Rey Pamatmat's play is a web of love and conflict between cultures, and parents and children, that is never sentimental or schmaltzy, but funny and unapologetic. The play’s arguments are at times repetitive a...
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