June is the First Fall
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June is the First Fall

June is the First Fall NYC Reviews and Tickets

(38 Reviews)
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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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Member Reviews (38)

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862 Reviews | 244 Followers
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you like family drama set in current times with current issues, well acted on an impressive set with some humor, good lighting and sound.

Don't see it if you have no appreciation for other cultural differences or family dynamics.

712 Reviews | 215 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

708 Reviews | 154 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

688 Reviews | 115 Followers
Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Cliched

See it if Liu's coming-out drama as much about cultural identity as about queerness Well acted by ensemble despite author's lean towards cliche Set A+

Don't see it if Scenes tend to be slighty overwritten giving piece an unwanted slowness "Ghost" mother as catalyst underused Fervent tone throughout helps

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
Well-played, Insightful, Slow-moving, Talky

See it if you’re interested in seeing how a son’s being gay could reverberate through 1 Chinese-American family.

Don't see it if you are looking for a consistently dramatic script. Read more

639 Reviews | 127 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Family drama about going home with topics of sexual, loss, struggles and family trying to reconnect.

Don't see it if seeing a show about struggles of people. Read more

438 Reviews | 228 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.

431 Reviews | 130 Followers
Earnest but dull., Lovely set, Unfocused, Slow

See it if Interested in gay acceptance stories (or lack thereof) within a family/culture that struggles with it. About family dynamics/understanding.

Don't see it if Want satisfying resolution to disparate story threads. This feels like the writer is still working thru a personal drama of their own.

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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