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Sagittarius Ponderosa

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

About the show

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.



November 1st, 2016
"Unearthly elements suffuse 'Sagittarius Ponderosa,' which is also a domestic drama. That’s a tricky combination to pull off, and a challenge that almost entirely eludes this flat, disjointed production. A large part of the problem is the alley-style staging...This is an intimate, slow-paced play...
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November 3rd, 2016
"The director, Ken Rus Schmoll, handles this delicate material with the sensitivity it requires. But if the prevailing mood of melancholy, occasionally interspersed with laughter, is well-established, the action rarely rises to the level of drama. Time passes, events unfold, but there is a striki...
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November 1st, 2016
"This dreamy, short family drama is winningly performed by an Asian-American cast and is dynamically presented...Kaufman’s dialogue is a wonderful combination of simplicity and the poetic. The characters all grandly express themselves with mystical overtones. Most crucially Kaufman endows them al...
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November 2nd, 2016
"Schmoll's direction and Kimie Nishikawa’s scenic design try to fuse traditional Japanese theatrical forms with the play's Western tone, but the result is tonally disjointed...This direction feels like an unnecessary reminder of the company's 'Asian-ness,' and a tack-on that distracts from the st...
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