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My Asian Mom The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 1 2014

Like unsure toddlers, we push our mothers away while secretly hoping they will pull us back in—or so A-Squared Theatre Workshop's collection of brief one-acts seems to say. In this, My Asian Mom's third installment, the plays that work best don't shy away from the parent/child tension but fully embrace and explore it, as in Julia Izumi's nuanced scene where a daughter (Victoria M. Ng) struggles to tell her mother (Tea Ro) about the disease that threatens the younger woman's life. (Instead the two argue about whether Bigfoot is a woman.) But there are also many ill-staged moments when characters are marooned or mechanically talk to the air, never mind the other actor onstage. Still, given the Bollywood-style production that ends the show, it's hard to leave feeling anything but joyful—and suddenly anxious to talk with the woman who brought you into the world. —Chloe Riley

Price: $20


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