Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

June is the First Fall

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: 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.


His week-long stay opens wounds with his father and sister that never healed, aggravating Don’s struggle to find love and belonging in his life. "June is the First Fall" asks: what compels people to cross mountains and seas to another country, another continent, and another culture to find their true selves? What are the journeys we take to find home and belonging?

1h 30m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (38)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great staging, Thought-provoking

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like a well-produced family play that breaks no new ground

Don't see it if you expect anything out of the ordinary

Unfocused, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays with LBGTQ themes.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with LBGTQ themes.

Also I found the play to be unfocused and am not sure what the playwright i... Read more Read less

Earnest, Slow, Amusing, Dull, Great acting

See it if you are interested in a story about a young gay man's coming to terms with his traditional Chinese family's acceptance.

Don't see it if you are looking for an engaging play with an original perspective.

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 cathar...
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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 co...
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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 ...
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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 explored in-depth and on a very human level in t...
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