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Suicide Forest

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Intelligent, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Unique

About the show

"Suicide Forest" is a bilingual nightmare play excavating the Japanese-American consciousness and its looming relationship with sex, suicide, and identity. More…

In 1990’s Japan, a teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a nightmarish, male-defined society as a salaryman desperately tries to escape his masochistic psyche. Both are clawing for their self-worth. When their two journeys collide, they expose their darkest desires fueled by shame as they now confront life and death with the notorious Suicide Forest looming over their imagination. Performed by a Japanese heritage cast, "Suicide Forest" examines the role of community and the inner struggles of emotional, psychic and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories and inner landscape.

Member Reviews (8)


Ambitious, Intelligent, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Unique
Avg Score

Shocking, Confusing, Disturbing, Surreal, Intense

See it if Weird vignettes with a humiliated businessman, meek underage mistress & vicious daughters. Then a 4th-wall breaking search for identity.

Don't see it if You don’t like surrealism. Eventually it all makes sense. Many painful moments. Themes of sexual abuse & suicide. Sex and more sex.

Affecting, Unique, Hybrid, Mesmerizing, Rare

See it if you’d like to see the work of a playwright-performer who is mining her own totally unique segment of human consciousness.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a contemporary equivalent of the well-made play.

Also A few seasons ago I caught Kristine Haruna Lee play a small, important... Read more Read less

Compelling, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You haven't yet seen Kristine Haruna Lee. You seek the deeply Japanese, mysterious, and nightmarish in your viewing.

Don't see it if You want a firm sense of what is going on, a grounding in Western culture, and no strange sexual stuff happening, i.e. you avoid the other.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You love theater that challenges you. Show explores Japanese culture from a Japanese-American POV, hitting all the cultural highlights

Don't see it if You’re triggered by the title. No one commits suicide in the show. but suicide is referenced. Also if you only like trad stories/ messages.

Also Impossible to explain this show, and yet it sits in my brain like a be... Read more Read less

Crazy good, Ambitious, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want your theater to transport you to places you've never been, and to make you consider things you've never had to consider before.

Don't see it if You're looking for safe, linear theater.

Also Mind blowing is how to best describe this play, this theatrical medita... Read more Read less

Unique, Hypnotic, Personal

See it if experimentation with identity and point of view is fascinating.

Don't see it if you dislike breaking the fourth wall.

Edgy, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you like challenging and abstract theatre

Don't see it if you're allergic to that

Also This play is beyond stunning and I was fully captivated- truly some of... Read more Read less

Experimental, Refreshing, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You don't mind that the second half goes off the rails in a bad way. The first half was really getting somewhere and was very engaging.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that abandon their entire premise halfway through, just to be experimental for the sake of being experimental.

March 4th, 2019
"When the fourth wall breaks, this nightmare-vision play about Japanese-American identity cracks wide open, and what’s underneath is so heart-stingingly tender and explicitly personal that the whole work shifts...Go see it at the Bushwick Starr, where Aya Ogawa has directed a wild ride of a produ...
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March 6th, 2019
"Simultaneously confounding and thrilling...Lee's sudden swerve toward introspective navel-gazing is a double-edged sword: As touching as it does also leech away the more beguiling sense of mystery the play had heretofore built up...Even if not all of Lee's formal and emotional gambits wo...
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