Written by playwright Susan Hyon, Soo-Jin’s Pretty Nails (and more!) is a production about unhappy Korean American children in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. According to Patch, the show is a dark comedy inspired by the writer’s experience as the youngest of four children in her family.
The performance features two women, Soo-jin and Susan. Susan is described as “the little engine that could pull herself out of a crappy small-town trainwreck only to speed headlong into another of her own making.” Soo-jin is the exchange student who gives beauty tips and introduces others to things like Hello Kitty and cute colored pencils.
According to New Jersey Stage, the writer also performs both of the characters on the show and says her Korean American heritage has completely influenced her.
“And what I write and perform has a lot to do with my looking back at how I developed and undeveloped and was and am under-developed and over-developed as a human being, given the circumstances of my family and childhood and just who I am, essentially, the karma that has been embodied by me in this lifetime,” said Hyon.
The play will run until October 7th at the Luna Stage in West Orange, New Jersey.
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