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“Vietgone”: Tantalizing Trip across Alien(ated) America, at ACT, S.F.

“Vietgone”: Tantalizing Trip across Alien(ated) America, at ACT, S.F.

Qui Nguyen Turns the War Topsy-Turvy by Drew Lehman “Vietgone” turns America’s conventional view of the Vietnam War on its head. Playwright Qui Nguyen follows Vietnamese refugees who lost everything: family, friends, and country. The refugees find themselves marooned in the white, unwelcoming American heartland.  Imagine their shock when they arrive in the country that sacrificed 53,000 soldiers to defend South Vietnam, only to learn that Americans detest them. Nguyen’s raw and bawdy production abandons polite U.S. points of view…

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“Office Hour”: A Dose of Bone Chilling Reality, at Berkeley Rep

“Office Hour”: A Dose of Bone Chilling Reality, at Berkeley Rep

Julia Cho Grapples with the Unthinkable, Masterfully by Drew Lehman Sometimes a play just rings true. “Office Hour” by Julia Cho at Berkeley Rep delivers a fine story, first-rate actors, and an eerie set. In this masterful piece, she asks: Does mental illness lead to horrific school shootings, or are discrimination, bullying, and racism at work? Cho searches for answers to the unanswerable, staring unflinchingly at stark reality. During a student-teacher conference, a compassionate adjunct writing professor Gina (letter-perfect Jackie…

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Drew Lehman

Drew Lehman

Drew Lehman grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and attended plays at Long Wharf Theater, Yale Rep, the Schubert, and Goodspeed Opera House. Theater is an integral part of me. When I lived in New York City, “Sweeney Todd” chilled to the bone. “On Your Toes” was non-stop song and dance. The recent and ill-fated, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet” and “Hamilton” are top NYC memories. Since moving to S.F., I love attending performance at small and large venues:…

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