The title of Jon Robin Baitz's new political thriller, Chinese Friends, refers to the board game of the same name, also known as Reversi or Othello, derived from the ancient Chinese game, Go. In this vein, the play features a game of cagey one-upsmanship that ensues when a young man and two friends track down his long-estranged father,
a politico in exile, to demand the truth about their past. Deep-seated personal and political secrets become tactical set-pieces, complicating conflicting desires for revenge and rehabilitation. The play is an unsettling parable about strife and sacrifice between fathers and sons at opposite ends of the political spectrum in an America thirty years hence. Robert Egan directs this world premiere.
There is an additonal performance Wednesday, June 2 at 2:30 PM.