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  The Chinese Lady at Greenway Court Theatre

The Chinese Lady

Greenway Court Theatre
544 North Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles

Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, The Chinese Lady is a dark, poetic, yet whimsical portrait of America through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. Afong Moy (Shu) is 14 years old when she’s brought to the United States from Canton in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been bought and put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” For the next half a century, she performs for curious museum-goers, showing them how she eats, what she wears, and the highlight of the event: how she walks with bound feet. As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. The Chinese Lady blurs the line between the observed and the observer, and gives us new eyes on the history of American entitlement and immigration.

Thru - Sep 29, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 4:00pm

Price: $15-$34

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 323-655-7679

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Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...I saw this beautifully sad, poignant, dark play last Saturday evening and I'm still thinking about it. Thanks to the wonderful writing, acting and directing this two-person outing based on a true story is that memorable."
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Joan Alperin

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...If playwright Lloyd Suh's goal is to give voice to a historically voiceless figure, he doesn't quite succeed. That's because Shu's highly-stylized performance is the only context in which we perceive Afong Moy - we never see the unfiltered feelings and desires behind her mask of fake smiles. By contrast, Afong Moy's translator Atung has a stunning monologue in which he reveals his most personal dreams: his secret wish to be in the spotlight, his complicated feelings about white people, and his sexual attraction to Afong Moy. Just as Afong Moy is fetishized in the eyes of the white spectators, she is fetishized in the view of her closest friend. Even after her performing days are over, she is proscribed from becoming a fully realized person. Instead, she becomes a mouthpiece and a symbol for the countless untold horrors committed against Chinese Americans. At the end of The Chinese Lady, Afong Moy is still a mystery."
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Taylor Kass

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