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Review: Poor Yella Rednecks Tells a Rich Story
November 2, 2023, 1:35.11 am ET


Photo: Jeremy Daniel

By Brian Scott Lipton

Amidst all the talk of cheeseburgers, pizza burgers, and Burger King in Qui Nguyen’s “Poor Yella Rednecks,” now getting its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club Stage 1, I was just getting hungry for a plain old hamburger -- hold the pickles, hold the lettuce.

Okay, I may be stretching the metaphor a bit, but, at least for my taste, Nguyen’s autobiographical dramedy about Vietnamese immigrants trying to make it in 1970s America is so full of garnishes and embellishments – especially in May Andrales’ inventive production – that one can sometimes barely taste the meat of this often-heartbreaking, needs-to- be-told-story. Still, if a Big Mac is your thing, have I got a show for you! Continue Reading...