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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.