Inspired by the true story of the first Chinese female to step foot in America, Ma-Yi's production is a tale of dark poetic whimsy and a unique portrait of the United States as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. More…
Afong Moy reflects on life in 1834 and beyond, as she is brought to the United States from China and put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.”
See it if you like history-based plays th illuminate prejud in USA. 1st Ch lady on US soil (14yo in 1834); was displayed to paying crowds. Two chars.
Don't see it if you want action. Sedentary staging. Repetitive structure. Insightful re: bias, cultural norms, mistreatmt of "other." Packs a punch.
See it if Suh's potent drama/fantasia about events in one woman's immigration to 1850's America Based in fact, it's power subtly creeps up on you
Don't see it if Despite being well acted & staged drama slowly grows static through a repetitive framing devise Didactic ending stilted but still powerful
See it if you're interested in how white America perceived & treated Chinese people in 19th century, & the toll it took on the Chinese.
Don't see it if you do not have a tolerance for long stretches of direct address in the theater.
See it if fan of writer Lloyd Suh, want to encourage Asian-American writers & performers, learn about history of Asian folk in sideshows, clever set
Don't see it if don't like idea of people put into sideshows, time jumping plots, 2-character plays with one gone for most of play,
See it if Touching experience of Chinese girl brought to NY in 1834 as a freak show. Shannon Tyo portrays her as educated and dignified. Heartbreaking
Don't see it if Daniel K. Isaac is clever as her passive-aggressive translator/assistant. Isaac also has one of the most resonant voices on the NY stage.
See it if 'Dear white people, I was the hopeful caged bird and I don't want to sing anymore.' Cutting humor laid with cruel treatment of immigrants.
Don't see it if Don't like hearing how the US / white people have treated people poorly.
Also Ticket from online site with discount code for $38.88.
See it if the history of & on-going discrimination against & ill treatment of immigrants to this country interests you. Based on a true story.
Don't see it if You fear or avoid looking at our weak spots
See it if Great acting, colorful staging, a misunderstood culture, immigration, and complex issues about expectations. Good production values.
Don't see it if The the work was still in progress when I saw it, re-writes currently being addressed.
See it if meta-theatrical historical plays are you jam. Be ready for an uncompromising look at the history of anti-immigrant discrimination in America
Don't see it if You need naturalism in your plays. Uncomfortable facing America's racist past.
See it if you are curious about the history of the U.S. and its attitude towards non-white immigrants over the years.
Don't see it if you have no interest in stories about non-white immigrants/need to see something jolly. There are moments of humor, but...
See it if Want to experience a sad story of a Chinese woman who for years was expected to be an object in an American exhibit.
Don't see it if Expect fast action and drama, there is very little of that.
See it if you like good acting. Good costumes and set. If you like historical immigrant stories.
Don't see it if if you don't like plays where there isn't a lot of movement on stage. Where the story is repetitive.
See it if You’re interested in the history of Chinese Americans. You like clever storytelling. You have a quirky sense of humor.
Don't see it if You cannot sit with one character for a long time.
See it if you wish Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus had a clearer message on imperialism & objectification; found The Greatest Showman disingenuous
Don't see it if you thought Venus was crystal clear/kind of passé; if Greatest Showman’s cheery msg of acceptance still outperforms a grim history lecture
See it if you want an interesting history lesson in a cleverly conveyed format. Gives an understanding of Chinese culture and US immigration history.
Don't see it if you don't like a "Groundhog Day" style format, don't like two-handers, or have no interest in history or the subject matter.
See it if You want thoughtful relevant theater. S. Tyo charms in a demanding role, but Daniel Issac's elegant, puissant performance is the cornerstone
Don't see it if You are not willing to sit through 90 minutes of thought provoking theater and history