POOR YELLA REDNECKS

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Reviews: 6

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Wed Apr 24, 7:30pm
Thu Apr 25, 7:30pm
Fri Apr 26, 8:00pm
Sat Apr 27, 2:30pm
Sat Apr 27, 8:00pm

In the award-winning Vietgone, Qui Nguyen recounted his parents’ hot and hilarious courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp in 1975. Now, six years later, Tong and Quang are building new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard​—especially when she’s having doubts and his first one isn’t over yet. One family’s history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on the immigrant story, told with hip-hop style.

Recommendation: High school and above. Contains strong, frequent profanity, rap music, haze, smoking and a Vietgone recap.

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Reviews

Patrick Chavis
"It’s hilarious and irreverent. The language and visuals illustrate Nguyen’s creativity and inventiveness."

sweet - Daniella Litvak - The Orange Curtain Review - ...read full review


"Fun. Uplifting. Beautifully put together in every aspect of the production from cast, to stage choreography to puppetry. Highly Recommended"

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


"And a comedy it is. So much so, that Poor Yella Rednecks keeps reminding us that it, too, is intended as a Marvel comic, with projections exploding all over the firmament in perfect Marvel context (they are the excellent work of Jared Mezzocchi). Production values are superior as they almost always are at SCR, with Arnulfo Maldonado’s revolving set serving as different El Dorado locales, aided by Lap Chi Chu’s lighting and Valérie Thérèse Bart’s appropriately simple costumes."

sweet - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


"In a brilliant ploy, the playwright presents Little Man as a child size puppet operated by Eugene Young and Paco Tolson so skillfully that they disappear, reminding this viewer of Japanese bunraku and Avenue Q... Poor Yella Rednecks is a terrific production of a terrific script, the performance of which was rewarded by an instantaneous standing ovation from a Sunday matinee crowd."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"By raising the dramatic, cultural stakes the second time around, Qui Nguyen outdoes himself with Poor Yella Rednecks. Giving those Crazy Rich Asians a low-income run for their money, Quang and Tong had me from xin chào. (That’s “hello” in Vietnamese.)"

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


"The new play retains the unique Comic-Con theater aesthetic that Nguyen developed at his Obie-Award winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. Comic-book fight scenes, cartoon projections and puppetry figure prominently and, as with “Vietgone,” these nontraditional elements find ways of intensifying the work’s emotional wallop."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"It’s hilarious and irreverent. The language and visuals illustrate Nguyen’s creativity and inventiveness."

sweet - Daniella Litvak - The Orange Curtain Review - ...read full review


"Fun. Uplifting. Beautifully put together in every aspect of the production from cast, to stage choreography to puppetry. Highly Recommended"

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


"And a comedy it is. So much so, that Poor Yella Rednecks keeps reminding us that it, too, is intended as a Marvel comic, with projections exploding all over the firmament in perfect Marvel context (they are the excellent work of Jared Mezzocchi). Production values are superior as they almost always are at SCR, with Arnulfo Maldonado’s revolving set serving as different El Dorado locales, aided by Lap Chi Chu’s lighting and Valérie Thérèse Bart’s appropriately simple costumes."

sweet - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


"In a brilliant ploy, the playwright presents Little Man as a child size puppet operated by Eugene Young and Paco Tolson so skillfully that they disappear, reminding this viewer of Japanese bunraku and Avenue Q... Poor Yella Rednecks is a terrific production of a terrific script, the performance of which was rewarded by an instantaneous standing ovation from a Sunday matinee crowd."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"By raising the dramatic, cultural stakes the second time around, Qui Nguyen outdoes himself with Poor Yella Rednecks. Giving those Crazy Rich Asians a low-income run for their money, Quang and Tong had me from xin chào. (That’s “hello” in Vietnamese.)"

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


"The new play retains the unique Comic-Con theater aesthetic that Nguyen developed at his Obie-Award winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. Comic-book fight scenes, cartoon projections and puppetry figure prominently and, as with “Vietgone,” these nontraditional elements find ways of intensifying the work’s emotional wallop."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review