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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.