By Lauren Yee
It's San Francisco 1989 and Manfred Lum, renowned for his basketball hustle in Chinatown, tries to talk his way on to a college team destined for a "friendship" game in China. Coach Saul blocks him hard, but Manfred rebounds and launches himself on a journey to a homeland he's never known. Bouncing between Beijing and San Francisco, between 1989 and 1971, this clever and relentless play looks at America's arms-length relationship with Communist China and the post-Cultural Revolution through a story about two generations of basketball players. Smart, funny, and heart-pumping, Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP will have you on your feet for the final buzzer.
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