Mr. Kotomoto Is Definitely Not White is a dark satire that follows three tea shop employees as the business expands to selling a special blend that gives the drinker dreams. When their older manager sends a blatantly racist email, the workers have to navigate their changing relationships to the company, and to each other. For each character, survival becomes a question of compromising integrity in the large and often unchanging game of capitalism.
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NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended
"...But despite fascinating thematic elements, honest performances and impressive design choices—Claire Ashley’s puppet design almost steals the show entirely— “Mr. Kotomoto” falls into too many traps of its own making. Alyssa Mohn’s moving set provides great perspectives on the store itself but leads to a lot of slow-moving scene transitions. A romantic relationship between two characters blossoms from out of nowhere before becoming a glorified footnote in the overall plot. And the imagination and dreamlike quality of the first act (and the top of the second) devolves into drawn-out introspective monologues that seem to exist in another play entirely."
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