A Little Viet. A Little Gone. A Big Review

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


VIETGONE, Qui Nguyen’s quasi-autobiographical play, couldn’t have come at a better time. By telling the story, more or less, of his parents’ immigration to the U.S. in 1975 Nguyen reminds us of how integral to our national character the immigrant experience is [...] If this all sounds very serious, rest assured that VIETGONE is not at all depressing. To the contrary, it’s a rollicking, occasionally hilarious love story told through a combination of dialogue, rap music and cartoon-like production numbers. The main story focuses on Tong (Jeena Yi), an audacious 30-year old determined to avoid the married life her mother and her society expect. Landing in the refugee camp gives Tong the freedom to become her own person even as she falls in love despite herself with the hunky Quang (James Ryen), a helicopter pilot who had to leave his wife and children behind in Saigon.