See it if you're up for a wildly fresh & funny take on the Asian immigrant experience — language, change, war, loss & love as seen from that side.
Don't See it if you're easily confused by nonlinear plays, don't like needlessly vulgar rap, asians, immigrants or have writ in stone opinions about Vietnam.
Every family has stories; some are more colorful or epic, others more tragic or funny. Just the fact of parents, too, everyone's parents, are stories just waiting to be dug out and passed on; along the way, someone always says, "Someone should write this down." Nguyen has done just that, and then some.
Using the raw material of how his parents met in a US camp after the Vietnam War, Nguyen's constructed a pinball machine of a play, colorfully bouncing back & forth across time, culture & language. Disorienting from the immigrants' POV, they speak perfectly as the Americans speak pidgin and nonsense. It's all wonderfully well observed and very funny.
The ensemble cast is near-perfect and terrific, the last scene touching and quite moving & real.
The rap songs however are mostly weak & repetitive, though a great idea & well delivered; but is rap by definition that vulgar? The profanity seems gratuitous, at times out of character.
Still, it's a fun, unique & fresh ride; go see it.