Without a doubt, the most entertaining off-broadway show I have ever seen was The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G. This show is filled with mindless humor and some very real moments to accompany it. Produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company and the Vampire Cowboys, and written by Qui Nguyen (known for writing “geek/ sci-fi theater”), the story about a Vietnamese refugee in his return to his home country is cleverly mixed in with his typical style of writing.
In a sense, the humor portrayed “works” for him. I can think of no other production in which an actress can go from being an overly exaggerated depiction of a little Vietnamese boy, to a sexy house keeper, and then back to a true stereotypical Vietnamese woman. In addition, the use of race, sexual appeal, and cannibalism are shown in a sense that prior to seeing this show, I most likely would not have been able to imagine deriving humor from. It was simply all in context in the most comical way possible.
The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, in all, was random in the best sort of way. Its Western/film noir/over exaggerated Staten Island portrayals simply made the story line. It’s fresh, in the sense that the risqué profanities were all in context and brilliantly mixed in with the actual story line and not just unnecessarily placed in there. To top it off, it ended in a captivating spoken word of the true story of Qui Ngyuen. This was the only way, in the end, the playwright (who was a meta-character of the show) decided could be told without all the industry traps and stereotypes that people think will sell. Without a doubt, The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G bursts through this, and is a must see.