Experimental Playwright Young Jean Lee's 'Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven' Comes to Thick House
Playwright Young Jean Lee's scathing wordplay has earned her a cult following in the downtown New York arts scene, but none of her plays have been produced here - until Crowded Fire and Asian American Theater Company got their collective mitts on Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven. Now Lee's oft-praised ode to race relations - complete with dancing and violent pummeling - is set to leach the life blood from the tender, seeping hearts of local liberals.
If Quentin Tarantino sent four Korean women on a whacked-out odyssey designed to make the audience choke and squirm, it might look something like Songs of the Dragons. But when it comes to eviscerating conventional stereotypes with perverse humor and a delightfully stubborn refusal to sugarcoat, Lee is in her own class.
Cooney Lumber Mill’s secretarial pool isn’t your average band of typists. Yes, there’s gossiping and Slim Fast, but there’s also the systematic destruction of Big Bone, Oregon, as the secretaries eliminate one lumberjack at a time - with their own chainsaws.