A&E Highlights: KNYUM
Merrimack Repertory Theatre | January 10 – February 4
Vichet Chum’s one-man “stage memoir” is a perfect fit for Lowell’s Merrimack Repertory Theatre, given the city’s rich Cambodian heritage. In the show, a young man named Guy works the night shift at a New York hotel and goes to class by day, downing cups of coffee as he tries to navigate oceans of squiggly letters and words with no spaces between them. ( Click here to read our full review of the performance. )
He’s learning Khmer, the language of his family’s home, Cambodia. He will stumble awkwardly towards fluency. He will embarrass himself and his parents. And he will awaken to parts of his heritage, both beautiful and excruciating, which shine through in his wildly luminous dreams.
Playwright and performer Chum, the self-proclaimed “Cambodian King of NYC,” describes himself as an “artist of sorts who loves coffee, wine, telling stories, Cambodian things, dancing … and most importantly, my family the Chums.” Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that the most important thematic element of KNYUM is just that: family.
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