How was your experience?
Christmas in Hanoi was an ambitious effort to tell the story of a biracial family and the roots of its internal conflicts, but was a bit of an overreach. The storyline seemed somewhat untidy, and the story's supernatural elements were especially scattered. The actors were ok, though the whole effort seemed unrehearsed, or at least underrehearsed. Elizabeth Liang deserves special mention for an admirable effort as the closed minded, pragmatic daughter. Long Nguyen, who played the grandfather, was enigmatic. He was a bit of a caricature of an old man, in my view, but perhaps he and the director were attempting to play him as such, or the opposite of what we might expect from a stereotype of that character. The set was very minimalist, but not entirely inappropriate for this play. This production had some entertaining moments, but frankly, the story could use a bit more editing.