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 You're interested in Asian American culture, You like basketball, You want to see a meaningful play with humor and drama.
Don't see it if You don't like sports, international subjects, don't like sets where you have to use your imagination.
See it if you’d like to put a human face on the on-again/off-again thaw in US-China relations in the years after the 1st ping-pong diplomacy of 1971.
Don't see it if you require a plot to be fully plausible before you surrender to the thrill of it.
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
See it if you enjoy sports dramas with historic significance. That said, sports is used as a mechanism; the story is about identity and relationships.
Don't see it if you’re looking for a light show to raise your spirits after a hard day. Go see Escape to Margaritaville instead.
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.
See it if You want an well done, interesting story, set among historical events, that draws you along with tempo and humor.
Don't see it if I don't know why, but I did not engage fully with the story. I, while drawn in, didn't care. I hope you will.
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
See it if Very engrossing 2 hours. Great performances by 4-member cast. San Francisco 1989, a high school basketball player from Chinatown, pushes ..
Don't see it if . his way onto local college team which will visit China in a month. In 1971, the basketball coach had been to China. Several twists/reveals
See it if you enjoy a very good production of a play about ambition and the clashing of American culture with Chinese culture, in the US and China.
Don't see it if you expect a play "about basketball." It's about people.Playwright Lauren Yee and director Taibi Magar fill the show with humor and pathos.
See it if great little play about ego, paternity, destiny, and stepping up to play your part.
Don't see it if story moves back and forth between 2 eras and shifts its viewpoint between 3 characters. some people may find this confusing.
See it if You enjoy well told stories of cultural identity, globalization, and family. BD Wong gives a spectacular performance.
Don't see it if You're looking for a grand epic. This story approaches big themes on a small, intimate scale.