F.O.B. (fresh off the boat) is another of David Henry Hwang’s explorations of what it is like to be Chinese in America. Dale is second-generation Chinese and. FOB: David Henry Hwang: ), where his first play, FOB (an acronym for “ fresh off the boat”), was first produced in (published ). The work, which . At the end of the first act of David Henry Hwang’s ”F.O.B.,” there is a He continues the competition while the F.O.B. smiles – dare one say it?.
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The circumstance leads to an extended examination of the contrasting attitudes expressed by American-born Chinese and by more recent arrivals. Dale and Grace understand each other and the American way of life.
But the friction between the hip Dale and the naively arrogant Steve reveals that shared ethnic backgrounds guarantee nothing hwnag the way of shared perspectives. The scene of the action is the back room of the small Chinese restaurant run by Grace’s family. To explore the complex drives motivating his three characters, Mr. Hwang introduces passages of fantasy in which Steve and Grace assume characters from Chinese legend and mythology.
Finally, with the help of traditional black-garbed stagehands of the Chinese theater and a conveniently movable set, the little restaurant hwzng into the arena for mortal combat between Steve as a warrior god and Grace as a warrior queen. The battle has been splendidly favid by Mr. Lone, and the mood is further heightened by Lucia Hwong and her offstage magicians. Akira Yoshimura and James E.
Mayo devised the breakaway setting.
The gifted year-old playwright succeeds not only in delineating the differences that separate his characters but has suggested broader problems faced by the Oriental as member of an ethnic minority in the United States. Although “ABC” Dale knows the score for survival and even successful economic status, he sharply articulates the humiliations inflicted by discrimination and racial stereotyping on the individual who simply wants to be treated as a human being.
A sensitive, insightful, and multileval play, davir makes unusual demands on its cast. As Grace, Miss Yang balances a delicate femininity with a firm and independent practicality and she is no mean warrior woman!
FOB; Comedy by David Henry Hwang. Directed by Mako
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