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  American Hwangap at Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church

American Hwangap

Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church
4541 N Spaulding Ave Chicago

American Hwangap tells a deftly observant, funny, and moving story about the difficulty of reunification and reconciliation during a weekend in the lives of the Chuns. After abandoning his family to return to his native South Korea, Min Suk Chun abruptly reappears in the lives of his ex-wife and children on the day of his hwangap, the traditional way of celebrating one's 60th birthday in Korean culture. However, his ex-wife and kids, now adults, have moved on and do not readily welcome the patriarch back into the family with open arms. As his birthday approaches, Min Suk struggles to reunite his family and obtain forgiveness from the ones he loves most.

Thru - Apr 1, 2017

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 6:00pm

Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-413-0454

  American Hwangap Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Lloyd Suh's heartfelt domestic drama is a touching, challenging work that makes an earnest case for giving second chances where second chances are absolutely not deserved. Helen Young's Halcyon Theatre staging, a coproduction with A-Squared Theatre, doesn't quite reach the emotional depths Suh's text suggest, but it's a thoughtful, uplifting 90 minutes."
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Dan Jakes

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"..."American Hwangap" is funny because it's true to both character and culture. Min Suk speaks the uncanny English of the immigrant, tossing off colloquialisms like "off the sauce" and "fuckwads" with his lapses in grammar, while Mary is the successful American struggling to reconcile with traditions from another place. How the children manage their losses also tells the story of any second-generation immigrant separated from a history and a culture they cannot quite recall. This is the truth of America."
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Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...The play unfolds at a measured pace, considering more the interrelations of characters than simmering to one boiling point (indeed it goes one scene further than it ought to). But from first to last it is fiercely witty and deeply poignant. Itís an old fashioned family comedy all the funnier because of itís truth."
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Ben Kemper

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...Splendidly acted and backed by a heartwarming story, American Hwangap provides a wonderful reflection on the struggles and meaning of family in contemporary America. Its co-production is also a powerful testament to the strength of Chicago's Asian theater artists. Intelligent, funny and affecting, American Hwangap is as much a window into Korean-American culture as it is our own lives."
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Brent Eickhoff

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...The best scenes are the two in the opening. First, we meet Jin Kim as Ralph Chun, who immediately establishes himself as quirky and loveable. He is wearing a ceremonial robe that his father, the Hwangap celebrant, would usually be wearing, but never mind that."
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Amy Munice

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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