Thursday, March 30, 2017

You For Me For You

Justin Jain & Bi Jean Ngo
Mia Chung’s You For Me For You is presented by InterAct Theatre Company and will be performed in the Proscenium Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, through April 16, 2017. This one-act play is brilliant in both its writing and its staging. Minhee ( Bi Jean Ngo) and Junhee ( Mina Kawahara) are two sisters in a quandary about escaping the horrors that await them in North Korea. The writing is  extraordinarily powerful and poignant. The acting is even more so. To hear Minhee’s torment as she cries out that she is hungry is to feel your own stomach rumble. Liz (Hillary Parker) has the difficult task of being both an American patient and later a nurse that Junhee works with. To demonstrate what the English language might sound like to a foreigner, Ms. Parker has to speak a convincing pidgin  which is barely intelligible, but draws laughs from the audience  When Junhee encounters her later as her nursing supervisor, her English is still broken, but not unintelligible.  The last time that the two meet their conversation is perfectly normal - a very ingenious piece of writing.  This fine ensemble cast is rounded out with outstanding performances by Justin Jain, who plays multiple roles, and Dwayne Thomas who plays a Man from the South. For more information or tickets, call 215-568-8079 or visit online at or 

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