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. More…
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.
See it if The premise is interesting and novel. The play is well-structured. The historical premise is compelling.
Don't see it if The plot is melodramatic and cliched; characters interactions don't feel psychologically truthful.
See it if ambitious premise 2 portray US-China relationship thru basketball diplomacy; high energy, clever in your face US trash talking; fine BD Wong
Don't see it if use of basketball 2 explain everything is formulaic & reductive; characters cartoonish; 2nd act revelations/Tiananmen Sq ending contrived