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You Mean to Do Me Harm
San Francisco Playhouse
Review by Richard Connema | Season Schedule

Also see Richard's reviews of The Roaring Girl, A Night with Janis Joplin, Warplay, and Grandeurand Patrick's review of George M!


Charisse Loriaux and James Asher
Photo by Ken Levin
San Francisco Playhouse is presenting the world premiere of Christopher Chen's You Mean to Do Me Harm as part of their Sandbox Series. It seems to be a work in progress and rough around the edges, particularly the opening scene.

You Mean To Do Me Harm centers around a dinner with two interracial couples and a surreal escalation of Chinese and American foreign relations. Two couples, young urban professionals who are clever, bright, erudite, but struggling to define themselves, meet for the first time at a dinner party. Ben, a Caucasian (James Asher), and his Chinese wife Samantha (Charisse Loriaux) sit down for dinner with Chinese Daniel (Don Castro) and his Caucasian wife Lindsey (Lauren English). This fateful dinner party ignites cultural misconceptions and a conflict of events that spiral progressively out of control. You're never quite sure where realism ends and suspicion begins.

James Asher, Lauren English, Don Castro, and Charisse Loriaux give outstanding performances in this 80-minute, no-intermission play and director Bill English keeps the pot boiling in confrontations with the characters.

You Mean to Do Me Harm plays through July 2, 2017, at A.C.T's Strand Theatre, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco. For tickets call 415-677-9596 or visit www.sfplayhouse.org. Coming up next on their mainstage is Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles beginning July 19.


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