See it now through April 16 at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
|the filmmaker and the author (Melody Her and Dexieng Yang)|
(photo by Rich Ryan)
|the sisters argue while the filmmaker looks on|
(Melody Her, Pagnia Xiong, and Dexieng Yang, photo by Rick Ryan)
The score by Melissa Li (who also co-write the pandemic-interrupted musical Interstate, which I sadly never had the chance to see but my colleague at The Stages of MN saw three times) is funny and brash, poignant and emotional. The off-stage five-piece band led by Bob Kelly on piano (with music direction by Denise Prosek) sounds great and keeps things moving.
A new original musical is a rare thing these days, a new original musical by Hmong American women even more so. Again is a universal story of family, community, and living with disease, as told from the Hmong perspective, with music and humor to lighten the drama of the situation.