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The Shipment and Lear

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“Lee's way of subverting expectations leaves us questioning our own latent assumptions and desires about theatre, race, death and entertainment. She understands and exploits the unique strengths of her medium: the ability to viscerally connect with an audience.” –The Economist

Experimental Korean American theatre artist Young Jean Lee has been called “one of the best experi
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Theatre Communications Group (first published 2009)
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Caitlin Conlon
Oct 19, 2016 Caitlin Conlon rated it really liked it
Note that I only read The Shipment, as I read this for my Comparative Ethnic Literature class & the first play was the only one provided to us.

3.5 stars. I could really, really appreciate what the playwright was trying to do here. I would love to see this play in action, to really get the full effect of the stereotypes versus the comedian versus the "real" characters. A very interesting concept, one that I've never seen explored before.
William
Oct 16, 2011 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shipment ruled, Lear was a little hard to follow. I didn't like this collection as much as Songs, but The Shipment was great. My favorite part--and I've been using this bit to explain the pervasive racism in society to others--is the "Even Stevens" part. "Where one guys has THIIIIIIIIS much and the other guys has this tiny much, then you get a cookie and you split it RIIIIIIIIGHT down the middle." I also liked the absurdist go-no-where dialogues. Things that almost reach a point, but then ...more
Tom Romig
Jun 07, 2015 Tom Romig rated it it was amazing
Young Jean Lee's The Shipment blasts the stereotypes that make race relations in America so problematic. She says she writes of things that make her uncomfortable, in turn making audiences uncomfortable, with the result that we question our attitudes and assumptions. It's a disconcerting but bracing experience. (I just saw a well acted performance of the play at the Forum Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.)
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Dec 21, 2011 Rowena rated it it was amazing
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4.5. sooo gooddd/hilarious. the stand up in the beginning was a little overly patronizing, i felt. but it was a really great performance overall, esp the sitcom part! would have loved to have seen this live.
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Lear is one of the most emotionally powerful plays I've ever read. But they're both a lot more difficult to read than too watch.
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Two very strong, thoughtful plays.
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