Sunday, September 14, 2008
What if you were 13, a kung-fu maniac, bit of a tomboy and mentored by the ghost of your hero Bruce Lee? This is the premise of a fantastic new play set to debut at East-West Players in Little Tokyo. Tracy is a Chicago city kid trying to find her way in the world, navigating between her demanding, status-conscious Japanese American mother and supportive, shop-owning Chinese American father. Her best friend, also named Bruce Lee, finds his freedom in the modern day body art of disco. They both face the wrath of the Angry Jeremy who externalizes his pain making theirs and his own life a hell. The ghostly Bruce appears to her one day, fascinated by the prospect of a Kung-Fu loving girl, and guides her to her own inner wisdom. "You've made yourself strong by making yourself hard, that is not true strength," he imparts. "There are choices beyond the ones you've always chosen." Like Yoda, Bruce is the Wise Other from Afar come to help us find ourselves.
The success of the show rests on the immense talents of its adolescent cast, while the creative stagecraft is a pleasure to take in.
The show starts September 11th and runs through October 12th. September 18th is "pay what you will" night. Please don't miss this chance to see a wonderful production by a skillful group of artists.