June is the First Fall
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June is the First Fall

June is the First Fall NYC Reviews and Tickets

(39 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Yangtze Repertory Theatre's production tells a story of a gay Chinese man who comes back home to Hawaii and begins a journey of reconciliation between his chosen identity and the heritage he left behind.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (39)

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728 Reviews | 414 Followers
Refreshing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Moving well-written drama that will leave you in tears. I loved it!

Don't see it if No reasons not to go.

175 Reviews | 24 Followers
Must see, Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like intimate setting/venue/staging that puts you close & almost personal for effective theater/drama immersion. Family drama w/ a heart

Don't see it if you want a feel-good play/musical- as this will bring you to dark emotions of despair, longing, heartache, regret- as well delivered by cast

60 Reviews | 9 Followers
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if like layered, emotional family dramas or memory plays well staged, acted, and designed. Many of the scenes have a beautiful sadness to them.

Don't see it if you don't like LGBT themes.

127 Reviews | 36 Followers
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Resonant

See it if Family values are under attack when you don’t know how to cope or conform. Quite moving performance with many complex cultural issues

Don't see it if Snippy sarcastic humor with slightly awkward chemistry between the actors. Read more

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if you like family dramas about cultural traditions and LGBTQ issues

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with LGBTQ characters or are looking for lighter material

314 Reviews | 186 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You’re into LGBTQ theme or American immigrant stories; esp. relatable to Chinese in America; great set design;

Don't see it if Unbalanced acting.. the father-son relationship looks a bit superficial; some actor aims for laughter and misses the subtlety between lines

761 Reviews | 166 Followers
Simplistic, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Interested in Chinese-American playwright, support Asian artists, enjoy gay stories with family secrets & tropical setting

Don't see it if don't like plays with gay characters or family struggles involving gay issues, don't like 'coming home after many years' plots

781 Reviews | 249 Followers
Profound, Moving, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Beautifully interwoven themes of estrangement, identity, culture & family. A modern take on the son who leaves home and later returns.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy a complex family drama about people trying to get to know each other in ways they could not when they were younger. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

Exeunt Magazine
April 6th, 2019

“Written with sensitivity toward all its players, the piece offers a compassionate window into the intersection of Chinese culture, queerness, and gender roles...’June is the First Fall’ is a tight, compact evening of drama. Gut-wrenching moments spill out at the end...Though the exploding catharsis feels somewhat disconnected from its rather clean resolution, it also does achieve satisfaction through its crumbles of drama.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 5th, 2019

"Going to the West Village to see a show touted as 'a queer play about mooncakes' has all the promise in the world, but this one falls short on ingenuity... As Don tries to reconcile his culture with his identity, he's increasingly squelched by the island (resulting in increasing whining)... I could do with fewer by-the-numbers lines…The scenes that feel the richest involve the whole family sharing anecdotes about Chinese traditions…It's our familiar stories that connect us."
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April 6th, 2019

“Memories are scattered throughout this endearing study of culture, family and personal growth...While the situations explored in this play are not unique, the relaxed pace gives this material a fresh smell...A good cast of actors...’June is the First Fall’ addresses the ghosts of the past which linger in our heads...Well directed by Leibenluft, this story is smoothly paced to unravel this family’s secrets and hopes and learnings.”
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On Stage Blog
April 6th, 2019

“While the role of Asian culture is certainly present in this play, the theme that lies at the core of the plot is the complex emotions and strong tensions that many parents and their LGBTQ children face even to this day. That’s something that...is explored in-depth and on a very human level in this play...The ensemble of actors do a flawless job bringing these emotionally and psychologically complex characters to life...A strong contender for the best play I’ve seen so far in 2019.”
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Motherhood Later
April 8th, 2019

"Exceptional among all the cast was Chun Cho playing the mother Yu Qin. Every time she appeared, magic happened. All her lines were delivered in Chinese which made her scenes musical and ethereal. The climactic scene which revealed the heart of the story was in both Chinese and English. It seemed a poignant dance that was breathtaking and beautifully directed by Michael Leibenluft. A worthy play that addresses immigrant, LGBTQ and cultural issues."
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