Monday, February 27, 2012

Arkansas playwright Qui Nguyen's latest earns Off Broadway raves

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

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A reader points us to a recent positive theater review of "The Inexplicable Redemption of G," the latest Off Broadway production from the self-described "geek theatre" company Vampire Cowboys. The company's co-artistic director Qui Nguyen grew up in El Dorado, according to this interview. Nguyen wrote and stars in "The Inexplicable Redemption."

From the Times review:

“Who but De Palma would think of using old-movie trash, and even soft-core pornos, to provide ‘heart’ for a thriller?” Pauline Kael asked in her rave review of Brian De Palma’s “Carrie.”

Qui Nguyen’s play “The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G,” an ambitious entertainment about modern identity wrapped inside an exploitation drama about what used to be called the “inscrutable Orient,” suggests we have an answer. “Agent G” gleefully mocks countless movies and features, on video, a soft-core narrator breathing heavily.

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Mr. Nguyen finds his first truly complex character in the onstage version of himself, while also supplying a fertile theme: what does assimilation mean to a Vietnamese-American playwright who grew up in Arkansas, married a white woman and feels black in his “heart”?

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