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
Avg Score

Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like stories about race and sexual orientation. You enjoy plays that have realistic and difficult dialogue. I really loved this show.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch tense moments on stage.

Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like shows that talk about profound topics like self-acceptance and cultural identity but are presented in a delightful way.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the internal struggles of minorities no matter if they are white, yellow, or gay.

Refreshing, Relevant, Profound, Intense, Great staging

See it if Asian and gay themes, Hawaii, family issues.

Don't see it if Expect good acting, strong chemistry

Also The acting from the main characters could be better. The mother was th... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want a window into the family life of another culture & the dynamics at play when family, belief systems & sexual identity collide

Don't see it if issues of family relationships don't matter to you or make you uncomfortable, some questions are left unanswered & allows for interpretation

Resonant, Funny, Coherent, Moving, Well-staged

See it if You enjoy a story that explores universal themes of longing and belonging told through the specific lens of an individual family's journey.

Don't see it if You're just looking for a queer play about moon cakes.

Also Design disciplines well integrated into storytelling.

During previews
Engaging story, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A gay coming out story in a Hawaiian Chinese family with complications of culture and immigration.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in LGBTQ issues in a cultural setting that might not be familiar.

During previews

See it if Adult coming of age: returning home after 10 yrs of being away to face childhood traumas. Some touching father-son scenes trying to connect.

Don't see it if Family dramas and intersectional experiences (gay, Chinese, Hawaiian, etc.) aren't your thing.

During previews
Refreshing, Understated, Lovely

See it if This is a fairly standard LGBT+ coming of age story with a prodigal son returning to his childhood home to reckon with his past, but it's...

Don't see it if ...lovingly told, and the setting in Hawai'i with a Chinese American family at the center of the narrative lends refreshing breath to it.

Also It's definitely worth the trip to see this lovely, understated product... Read more Read less

During previews
Pleasant, Great staging, Delightful, Refreshing, Artful

See it if You want to see a sensitive, well-acted, well-written gay themed piece relating the story of a Chinese family in Hawaii.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a very dramatic or profound story. This play is earnest and pleasant, but might not linger in your mind long after it ends.

Also This is a very likeable show. The acting is good all around. There are... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You want to see an earnest story about a young gay man returning home to a family trying to understand his life.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in LGBTQ or racially driven stories

During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested by Chinese culture, a gay man’s struggle to find his place in the world and his family’s struggle to accept him.

Don't see it if LGBT themes don’t interest you. You are indifferent to other cultures.

Also This story feels very authentic. The father desires to accept his son’... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like shows dealing with family issues and controversial subjects. Also if you like plays that deal with homosexual/interactional dating.

Don't see it if You rather see something with less serious issues. Also if you are not comfortable with gay and interracial subject matters.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you like family dramas, stories about immigrants, queer characters, and learning to live with loss.

Don't see it if you don't like non-English dialogue being included that is not translated. If you prefer your shows to have an intermission.

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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