Baba, Jee (Father, Yes)

moj productions · Ages 17+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 07, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

All three actors are terrific. Three very different but equally grounded, visceral, and emotional performances. The bond between them was palpable, and clearly translated on stage.

What I didn't like

My only complaint is that I wish it were longer!

My overall impression

Baba, Jee was a thrill to watch from start to finish. The hilarious premise was enough to get me in the door, but I was further captivated by the timely questions it posed; questions that not all of us are equipped to answer or even able to discuss: What it means to be a minority in America, to be in an interracial relationship, to be a first generation American… Then, of course, there is the far more relatable conundrum of meeting a partner’s parents, struggling to find your place in a city that can swallow you whole, attempting to support your partner in their journey to discover their identity without losing your own… The fact that the author was able to accomplish opening discourse in these and other tenuous subject matters in such a compassionate and non-judgmental in 60 minutes is nothing short of a triumph. At times heart wrenching, at times painful, but always meaningful, Baba, Jee is a must-see.

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