Listen to my Interview with Amy Mihyang Ginther about creating her one person show Homeful http://fringereview.co.uk/audio-interviews/san-francisco-fringe/2017/creating-a-one-person-show-jo-tomalin-talks-with-amy-mihyang-ginther-about-performing-and-writing-her-one-person-show-homeful/
The Fringe Review Highly Recommends Homeful. It’s Dramatic, funny, spirited and moving! Read FULL Review Here:
Funny and a very polished performance
A beautifully honest tale that had my stomach sore from both laughter and the gut punch of emotion.
Told in a unique style that draws the audience in. And the perfect bookends of the beginning story and ending story are simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious.
A MUST SEE
Amy Ginther is thoroughly engaging as she walks us through her world travels and the people she meets. One of my favorites lines in the show is (I’m paraphrasing), “I thought life started when your plane arrived.” And she recounts the many places she’s started over and over…and over again. She confirms for us that home really can be where you hang your hat and that any thing is possible when you have an truly open heart about loving the people on this planet, regardless of where they are from.
Where are you from? I grew up with a Babka from Poland, yet no one asked her where she was from until she spoke. Hearing Amy be asked “Where are you from?” over and over evoked all kinds of feelings.
Homeful beautifully and sometimes painfully showed the push/pull of love and family. The longing to be close and the longing to be free. Moving around trying to find a place where you belong. To me “fit in” is not something I want to do. I have always wanted to belong somewhere. Watching Amy’s show I was thrilled to see and hear her speak about belonging.
I want to admit, I do see color. I’m not pretending that everyone is the same or that I can ever fully understand Amy’s experience as a Korean American. Yes we share some things because we are all human but I will never be asked “Where Are You From?” in a way that is questioning if I belong.
Amy is thoroughly engaging, charming, defiant, truthful and I appreciated that she wasn’t trying to make the audience comfortable. We saw her confront a character in the show which made me confront myself. I love that Homeful is a window that invites us to look out and look in. She covered so much ground in 90 minutes.
I feel like I need to see Homeful again. There is so much to take in!
WOW, Amy’s beautifully crafted characters — rowdy drunken British rugby-boys, best friend, her moms (biological and adoptive), boyfriends, and others — are a joy to watch. Her show is both hilarious and painful as she explores her place in the world. No matter where Amy is, she’s always asked. “where are you from?” This seemingly innocent question is loaded with the unspoken assumption that she’s foreign, doesn’t belong there (and there includes the many countries where she travels, and the United States!). Amy’s adventuresome spirit and her kind and open heart allow us to see that she is home in the bosom of the family that raised her and in the Korean family and community that lost so many children to adoption. Bravissima.
YOU belong in one of the seats watching Amy’s story unfold, A festival MUST see.
I really enjoyed seeing Homeful this past weekend. It’s a rare piece of theatre that can vacillate with ease between larger-than-life humor and intimate and vulnerable moments, but Ginther does just that. The story spans many countries and many relationships, but never feels disjointed or chaotic. Ultimately, Homeful is the story of one woman’s search to locate herself in all senses, and to this end it is a compelling narrative. It’s unflinching and engaging and I left feeling moved.
Homeful is a captivating piece – well-written and performed, it’s definitely a must-see. Amy Mihyang Ginther is a natural storyteller, and her moving, funny, true tale comes to life with ease.
After reading the little write up, I was very hopeful that I’d love the show. I love Viet Nam and travel alot myself.
I might have missed something in the first 5 minutes, but as a general rule I don’t like waiting until the end to find out what the entire performance was really about. I thought the identify crisis was enough but then .. whamo.
Show ran a bit too long .. she could cut out some stuff .. and she needs a voice coach so it doesn’t always come out as a scream .. but was still have a pretty good piece.
Hi Marie, just wanted to check that you are reviewing Homeful and not Reclaiming Vietnam?
HOMEFUL is a remarkable feat – a powerfully moving one-woman show which somehow draws on the very tight specific circumstances of one individual’s emotional journey in a way that touches and comments on aspects of the human condition that everyone knows. Love, alienation, longing, a restless spirit, a search for a home that may never have existed: Ginther brings these themes into play in a story that is as often gut-wrenching as it is hilarious, as mind-blowing as it is heart-expanding, and as challenging to the narrow perspective many of us have on issues of race and nationality as it is tremendously intimate and personal.
I would recommend Homeful to first-time Fringe audiences and avid theatre-goers alike. Amy is a warm and capable storyteller whose generous energy and playful engagement with her audience is truly memorable. You can expect to laugh, share in one woman’s unique journey of finding her home and be witness to an accomplished theatrical storytelling experience. This is strong, relevant and meaningful work.
“Homeful” is sensitive and thoughtful, simultaneously funny and searing. A deeply personal yet wide open examination the self and its evolution across geographies. Amy explores self and home, confronted with questions of race, belonging, love, satiety, loss and the endless of onward push.
Whether you know Amy or not, you’ll learn something new in this moving recount of moments in her life. Amy’s show is honest, emotional and funny. Definitely check it out.
Through Amy’s recall of personal travels, Homeful takes you on a journey of recognition of yourself in the world through another. Her honesty can’t help but have you think about those close, far and beyond; strangers and intimates; and those you see as alike and dissimilar. Funny and poignant, it is drenched in the human experience and will stay in your mind and heart long after the final bow.
Amy’s show is profound, funny, intellectual, emotionally complex, and asks urgent questions about identity, belonging, race, culture, nationhood, language, family, loss, and love. Love that isn’t interested in trite answers or neat packages, but love that is complicated and questioning, quietly compassionate, and boldly engaged with the unknown that must be faced again and again and again.
Witty, thought-provoking and deeply moving, Homeful is storytelling at its very best. Amy speaks to the audience like old friends; drawing us into her world as she explores universal themes of love, identity and belonging. Poignant and funny in equal measure, Homeful will leave its mark long after the final curtain.
So touching, wise and witty. Part coming of age story, part travelogue, part romance, part tender family drama, and part battle cry for equality, Homeful genuinely brought its London audiences to laughter and then tears within one sentence. Amy Ginther’s writing is beautiful and fierce, as is her performance.
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