What Is the Story of Golden Child?
Set in Fujian, China, in 1918, Golden Child is the story of a polygamous family as told through the eyes of Eng Ahn, a 10-year-old girl. When Ahn’s father Eng Tieng-Bin returns home after three years of working abroad, his three wives are thrilled to see him. But when he arrives bearing strange Western gifts like a waffle iron and a phonograph, his first wife Siu-Yong and second wife Luan are suspicious. Eng Tieng-Bin begins to favor his young third wife, Eling, sending his entire family into a panic. As Eng Tieng-Bin considers converting to Christianity and transitioning to a one-wife household, all three wives wonder what will ultimately become of them.
Hwang’s tale, inspired by his family, is well-told. Director Leigh Silverman’s polished cast and production showcase it at its best advantage.Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News
Soelistyo, Lim, and Hu do stellar jobs portraying women who were put into positions almost inconceivably unfair. Lim, in particular, reveals a surprising amount of heart beneath all her character's sass.Review by Melissa Rose Bernardo from Entertainment Weekly
What Is Golden Child Like?
Featuring intricate set design by Neil Patel and hand-painted silk costumes by Anita Yavich, Golden Child is a colorful and vibrant feast for the senses. As Eng Tieng-Bin’s wives try to coexist in a Christian household, they grapple with the pain of losing the only family they’ve ever known. In this sharp, humorous and deeply touching production, Golden Child explores ancient legacies, cultural traditions and one family’s struggle to adapt to change.
Is Golden Child Good For Kids?
This production contains several incidents of physical violence, simulated drug use and occasional adult language. Although older teens who are interested in Chinese culture and history may enjoy Golden Child, small children will be bored by the subject matter.