Playwright Qui Nguyen’s new story, Poor Yella Rednecks, premieres at the South Coast Repertory this week. There’s a lot going on here— Qui tells an intricately personal tale of his parents (who met in an Arkansas refugee camp after the fall of Saigon, which was portrayed in Qui’s previous play, Vietgone) trying to navigate life in 1975 as a family in a foreign country. And it gets messy. There’s also some ‘90s-esque rapping and a bit of puppeteering. But all entertaining gimmicks aside, what lies at the heart of Poor Yella Rednecks is some truly honest and brave storytelling. Catch the premier, now playing through the end of April.
Showtimes: Tues.-Thurs. 7:30 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. 2:30 p.m.