Funny and relatable, Nathan Ramos’ AS WE BABBLE ON is now performing at the David Henry Hwang Theater, presented by the East West Players (EWP). The play is directed by Alison M. De La Cruz and will continue through June 24, 2018.
AS WE BABBLE ON follows the story of Benji (Will Choi), a first-generation Asian American gay comic book artist, who struggles in New York City when his dreams are pulled from under him and an ex-boyfriend, Vish (the very handsome Sachin Bhatt), resurfaces. Things then unravel in humorous and unexpected ways in this dramedy that explores race, class, and sexuality, and that also stars the very funny Jiavani Linayao as Sheila, Jaime Schwarz as Laura, and Bobby Foley as Orson. All of these young, talented actors are debuting with EWP.
This is a modern play, starring millennials, full of texts and tweets and people who want to make a living in new media. Everything you see on stage is familiar because it shows the way we live today, and the way we relate to one another and even to the older generations.
Nathan Ramos is a part Korean, part Filipino, full American young gay playwright who likes to write stories for people who look like him and have the same experiences he has, “but instead of focusing on the suffering,” tries to “focus on pushing toward the joy and possibility of our personhood. I like when the sunshine punches through the gray,” he told angryasianman.com. AS WE BABBLE ON is exactly that. It presents the struggles of young adults to achieve their dreams in a difficult economy, but with a good dose of humor added to it.
AS WE BABBLE ON will perform Thursday to Sunday through June 24, 2018. Tickets range $40 to $50 and can be purchased at eastwestplayers.org or by calling (213) 625-7000. The David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts is located at 120 Judge John Aiso St., in Los Angeles 90012.