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June 12, The circumstance leads to an extended examination of the contrasting attitudes expressed by American-born Chinese and by more recent arrivals. Dale and Grace understand each other and the American way of life. But the friction between the hip Dale and the naively arrogant Steve reveals that shared ethnic backgrounds guarantee nothing in the way of shared perspectives.
The scene of the action is the back room of the small Chinese restaurant run by Grace's family. To explore the complex drives motivating his three characters, Mr. Hwang introduces passages of fantasy in which Steve and Grace assume characters from Chinese legend and mythology. Finally, with the help of traditional black-garbed stagehands of the Chinese theater and a conveniently movable set, the little restaurant expands into the arena for mortal combat between Steve as a warrior god and Grace as a warrior queen.
The battle has been splendidly staged by Mr. Lone, and the mood is further heightened by Lucia Hwong and her offstage magicians.
Akira Yoshimura and James E. Mayo devised the breakaway setting. The gifted year-old playwright succeeds not only in delineating the differences that separate his characters but has suggested broader problems faced by the Oriental as member of an ethnic minority in the United States. Although "ABC" Dale knows the score for survival and even successful economic status, he sharply articulates the humiliations inflicted by discrimination and racial stereotyping on the individual who simply wants to be treated as a human being.
A sensitive, insightful, and multileval play, "FOB" makes unusual demands on its cast. As Grace, Miss Yang balances a delicate femininity with a firm and independent practicality and she is no mean warrior woman! In the role of Steve, Mr. Lone cleverly assumes a variety of accents and aspects as he presents one or another facet of the rich new immigrant.
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‘FOB,’ David Henry Hwang’s First, Is Stale
At the end of the first act of David Henry Hwang's ''F. The newcomer, played by Dennis Dun, pours a jar of fiery hot sauce over his dinner and eats it as if it were the most savory of delights. The American Stan Egi feels forced to compete, but his tastebuds have become accustomed to the blandness of fast food and he is soon gasping for breath. He continues the competition while the F.
Mu Performing Arts revives David Henry Hwang play 'FOB'
Today the outcome is predictable cultural differences: good. Particularly fine is Michelle Genevieve Lee, whose dance training shows during the fantasy sequences, in her elegant execution of martial arts skills choreographed by Sifu Dwight Love. Andy is passionate as Steve the immigrant. Lee also designed the set, such as it is, a simple table and chairs in the meeting room of the Chinese Center, just off the kitchen. The homey ordinariness of it all would work better if this were a tale about poor people.
FOB; Comedy by David Henry Hwang. Directed by Mako
June 12, The circumstance leads to an extended examination of the contrasting attitudes expressed by American-born Chinese and by more recent arrivals. Dale and Grace understand each other and the American way of life. But the friction between the hip Dale and the naively arrogant Steve reveals that shared ethnic backgrounds guarantee nothing in the way of shared perspectives. The scene of the action is the back room of the small Chinese restaurant run by Grace's family.