Members say: Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Funny, Slow

About the show

Inspired by events from her father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee ('The Hatmaker’s Wife') makes her Atlantic debut with this new cross-cultural drama.

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San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history.


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89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like historical or political fiction. You like BD Wong.

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity. There’s a lot of it.

Also I loved this show. It was riveting.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if It's a play that again reminds me how I never understood when I was young that my parents and grandparents were young too.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a comedy, this isn't it. It's an insightful play that makes us look back into our past and our forbears

85
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like stories about family, woven with global history and sports. A great cast and great humor!

Don't see it if You don’t like sports or foul language.

79
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Political, intriguing

See it if you want to see BD Wong in a play about 1980's China where sports and politics play a intermingling role in USA-China relations

Don't see it if you don't like plays involving basketball, politics occurring in China during the Cultural Revolution as seen through a hopeful player.

74
During previews
Slow, Entertaining, Good acting

See it if You like B.D. Wong and want to see some good acting in an interesting, but overly long play.

Don't see it if You like big stage productions with fantastic sets - about all you get here is a basketball.

67
During previews
Central metaphor: basketball = life too much of a leap

See it if ambitious premise 2 portray US-China relationship thru basketball diplomacy; high energy, clever in your face trash talking; fine BD Wong

Don't see it if use of basketball 2 explain everything is formulaic & reductive; 2nd act revelations/Tiananmen Sq ending contrived; don't care 4 characters


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