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Four women come together to clean the house of a fifth after her tragic suicide upsets the balance of life in their small Japanese immigrant community in the middle of the Kansas heartland. The spirit of the dead woman returns as a ghostly ringmaster to force the women to come to terms with the disquieting tension of their lives and find common ground so that she can escape from the limbo between life and death, and move on to the next world in peace—and indeed carve a pathway for their future passage. Set in ...
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Overview

Four women come together to clean the house of a fifth after her tragic suicide upsets the balance of life in their small Japanese immigrant community in the middle of the Kansas heartland. The spirit of the dead woman returns as a ghostly ringmaster to force the women to come to terms with the disquieting tension of their lives and find common ground so that she can escape from the limbo between life and death, and move on to the next world in peace—and indeed carve a pathway for their future passage. Set in Junction City, Kansas, 1968; and netherworlds.
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Chicago Sun-Times
The fates of five...Japanese women transplanted to the U.S. are at the heart of...Houston's deeply moving and insightful play...here is such a sense of lives explored...of personal journeys full of upheaval and adjustment...that you leave the theater shaken and reawakened.
Davis Enterprise
TEA is a play about coming to terms with the present and, ultimately, with the past and future. It is so excellently crafted that...it's as though the audience is part of the...gathering, coming to terms with our own lives, and also with ourselves.
Drama-Logue
This is a play too marvelous to grasp in one viewing. A cornucopia of theatrical delights, there is so much to please the eye and the ear. The play is a fascinating mix of insightful exploration and simple poetic imagery.
L.A. Times
A play written with a very deft poetic touch...[Houston] has taken her consciousness as woman and as Japanese American, filtered them through the lessons of history and the experience of parents and others, and brilliantly illuminated [a] much broader sociopolitical canvas.
San Diego Union-Tribune
A fresh, imaginative and fascinating play...Houston has, with TEA, cast light on a shadowy chapter of modern U.S. history, and she has done so with anger, affection, honesty, and wisdom. TEA is a wonderful piece of work.
Seattle Times
...[TEA] sheds light on intriguing aspects of class, cultural adaptation, racism and friendship...What is achieved...is a choral and impressionistic group portrait: a graceful interweaving of memory in and through the lives...of the four peers who gather to put the dead woman's house in order...[TEA] glides with remarkable smoothness between evocations of past and present.
Trentonian
TEA is more than a play; it is an amazing experience that will leave you changed, wiser, and with a new understanding. It is what great theater is all about.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822221036
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2007
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Poetic, poignant, haunting, healing, beautiful

    Even though it is a play about a specific group of War Brides in a Fort in Kansas, this story transcends time and place. It brings up universal topics of prejudice, injustice, mixed-race, assimilation and more. It appeals to young and old and it is entertaining on top of being serious and thought-provoking. Houston's voice is strong and poetic mixing her Japanese and American cultures together beautifully. The characters are all different and engaging. I want to see it produced again and again.

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