National Asian American Theatre Company presents MJ Kaufman's drama about a young transgender man whose trip home sparks a journey of self-discovery. More…
Archer, still known as Angela to his family, returns home to Central Oregon to be with his ailing father. With a hard-of-hearing Grandma obsessed with planning her "granddaughter’s" wedding, a father who keeps sneaking out for sugar binges, and a mother wound tightly with worry and anger, Archer grapples with life and death, growth and decay, the passage of time, and identity.
See it if you're interested in transgender issues, but don't want to be preached at.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gender non-conformity, death or illness.
See it if Want to see a great cast tell a story about family and making connections .
Don't see it if you don't want to read into the text because this plays suspends disbelief a few times.
See it if You want to see a quiet, quirky play about a family in transition, and the careful re-calibration of relationships.
Don't see it if If you're looking for an explosive play about gender identity.
See it if you believe in love in all its forms - family, romantic, young, old, etc. Moment to moment the plot seems simple, but the message is complex
Don't see it if everyday life bores you. The characters proceed through their obligations while holding to hope so discover small miracles of connection.
See it if A sweet love story and family tale. First preview-- compelling but confusing. Not clear to me if Angela/Archer wants to be female or male.
Don't see it if Richly talented all-Asian cast tho characters are not necessarily Asian. Dreamlike staging. One character was a puppet, but I don't know why
See it if / Small family dramedy. Asian actors playing characters whose race does not matter, a plus. Clever handling of trans issues, and yearning.
Don't see it if you get confused somewhat easily; you don't like surrealism.
See it if you want to see an exquisitely-crafted portrait of a family's experience of grief; if you want to see a complex trans* character onstage;
Don't see it if you need plays to be tightly-plotted & clearly-resolved; if you don't truck w/ enigmatic dialogue; if you don't want to go WAY downtown