The Joy Luck Club

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Reviews: 3

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Fri Sep 20, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 21, 2:30pm
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Fri Sep 27, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 28, 2:30pm
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Sun Sep 29, 2:30pm
Fri Oct 04, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 05, 2:30pm
Sat Oct 05, 8:00pm

San Francisco, 1987. A quartet of Chinese women meet regularly at their Joy Luck Club to play Mah Jong and socialize. When the group’s founder passes away, her American-born daughter is invited to join the group.

The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four older Chinese-American women and their complex relationships with their American-born daughters. The play moves from China in the early 20th Century and San Francisco from the 1950s to the 1980s, as the eight women struggle across a seemingly unpassable chasm of culture, generation and expectations to find strength and happiness.

The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Christopher Chen, Lee Chen, Victor Chi, Debbie Fan, April Lam, Katharine Chen Lerner, Christine Liao, Sharline Liu, Peggy Lu, Nancy Ma, Robert O’Hare, Grace Shen and Gloria Tsai.

Tim Dang directs. Written by Susan Kim. Based on the novel by Amy Tan.

Reviews

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"all aspects of it are high quality, especially the acting, which sees every actor ably play either themselves at different ages or multiple characters. Or, in some cases, both. I’m especially impressed that many of the women let us know that they are now portraying themselves as children by just a flick of the head or a different smile. It’s quite impressive."

sweet - Karen Salkin - It's Not About Me - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Imperfect as its stage adaptation may be, when Jing-Mei finally takes her mother’s place among her aunties as a member of the Joy Luck Club, even audiences who may have gotten lost in a plethora of plot lines past and present can expect to exit the Sierra Madre Playhouse moved by the emotional journey they have experienced."

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


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"The Joy Luck Club is a tender story that speaks to the American experience of adjusting to a new life while carrying the wounds from an old one. Its style makes it a challenging book to transform into a play. Sierra Madre wonderfully expands upon Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s original production. Some fine tuning and a more steadily dynamic presentation could elevate this show into something incredible."

sweet-sour - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"all aspects of it are high quality, especially the acting, which sees every actor ably play either themselves at different ages or multiple characters. Or, in some cases, both. I’m especially impressed that many of the women let us know that they are now portraying themselves as children by just a flick of the head or a different smile. It’s quite impressive."

sweet - Karen Salkin - It's Not About Me - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Imperfect as its stage adaptation may be, when Jing-Mei finally takes her mother’s place among her aunties as a member of the Joy Luck Club, even audiences who may have gotten lost in a plethora of plot lines past and present can expect to exit the Sierra Madre Playhouse moved by the emotional journey they have experienced."

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


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"The Joy Luck Club is a tender story that speaks to the American experience of adjusting to a new life while carrying the wounds from an old one. Its style makes it a challenging book to transform into a play. Sierra Madre wonderfully expands upon Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s original production. Some fine tuning and a more steadily dynamic presentation could elevate this show into something incredible."

sweet-sour - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review