Moving person story, important questions
by Wendy Auldrich on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows
As other reviewers have said, it's more of a monologue than a play. Ms. Chang asks us to consider how we define home, and asks us to consider some of the big questions that face us today on race, community and ethnicity. She shared some deeply moving personal stories that I think everyone can relate to on some level with some humor thrown in a well. I appreciated the q&a afterward. I am recommending this play to several friends.
by Seb C. on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows
Interesting story and cool to listen to something I didn't know about. Agree with cutting out the talkback.
Great Talk. Wish she'd left it there.
by Holly Peterson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows
Cheng is a marvelous storyteller. She has a great sense of comedic timing, and tells an intimate story in a very accessible manner. Her story is definitely worth checking out.
At the end of her show she had a talk back, which I wish she had either skipped or offered as something people could take advantage of after the show ended and most of us left. There were clearly conversations some audience members wanted to have with her, but as someone who was worried about making their next show, it was awful to sit through a q&a that took us right up to, if not a little past, the end of the time slot.
by Mark Lee on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows
Exploration of race and identity and their concepts. A great topic.
An Enthralling Education
by Krispin Shax on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows
Less of a play, more of an absolutely absorbing guest lecture (meant in the best way possible), with the eminently likeable Ada Cheng taking us in her journey through naturalization and living in our often invisibly racist society.
Ada's story is performed bare bones, and there's no reason not to. Her style is authentic, although her movements and deliveries at times feel a bit choreographed. But it's hard to fault her for that, when her show is so completely honest and fascinating.
Personal storytelling at its finest
by Sue Searing on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows
Ada Cheng tells several stories of her experiences as an immigrant and naturalized US citizen, powerfully conveying the emotional pain of always being "the other," but leavened with just enough comic moments that we stay utterly engaged. There's nothing as effective as a real person's honest sharing to shine a light on the true meaning and import of "intersectionality." Cheng delivers a brave and intelligent performance that I'll be thinking about for a long time.
Impactful personal story
by Susanne Ingerson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows
Powerful personal storytelling created an experience to reflect on the meanings of home, citizenship and acceptance with touches of humor throughout.
Many powerful stories, 1 important theme
by David Lawson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows
Through a thread of stories hitting on the personal, professional, political, and comical Ada Cheng takes us through how the United States government makes sure even if done legally that their immigrant population feels like "the other" their whole life. She ties it into the Black Lives Matter movement and the simple fact of feeling safe on city streets. And while a certain current president isn't mentioned, I could feel that her story had an added urgency because of that person. In other words, it's a timely political work that never gets didactic about its timeliness. Ada has a terrific presence (likely through decades of teaching), knows when to throw in a joke to let off some dramatic steam, and her stories are always gripping.
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