Colonialism is Terrible but Pho is Delicious
by Trinity Street Players

Apr. 24 - May. 10, 2022

Directed by Khristián Méndez Aguirre 

From New Play Exchange:

Hanoi, 1890 / Ho Chi Minh City, 1999 / Gentrifying Brooklyn, present day. A triptych about the ownership and authorship of food following the journey of Vietnamese noodle soup.



  • Nick Malakhow:
    18 Nov. 2019
    “ Beautiful and profound in its simplicity--Chinn crafts a supremely theatrical exploration of appropriation, appreciation, and xenophobia. Everything about this piece is impeccably structured and intentional from the pacing of scenes to the use of doubling to the selection of these three specific moments and places in time. I'd love to see this staged!  ”
  • Lisa Sillaway:
    12 Nov. 2019
    “ How do I say this and still be nice? I really kinda hate Dustin Chinn right now, because he's written the kind of play that I have not yet mastered. This is a lovely three-course play that satisfies the foodie in me, the history buff and the political junkie. It's the kind of play I love to read and the kind of play I would love to direct. I feel it would be an amazing choice for high schools who could devour and relish it.  ”
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    28 Oct. 2019
    “ An exploration of historic and modern colonialism, appropriation, appreciation, and tradition through pho. Pho IS delicious, and so is this play. It's clever, and funny, and doesn't hold back on the societal criticism. I also appreciated the theatrical dealing with multiple languages and moving through time periods, both are conveyed simply and clearly to the audience, allowing us to use our imagination.  ”

Colonialism is Terrible but Pho is Delicious
by Dustin China
Trinity Street Players

April 24 - May 10, 2022
Trinity Street Players
Black Box Theatre, 4th floor, First Baptist Church
901 Trinity Street
Austin, TX, 78701
Performances April 24 - May 10, 2020.
More forthcoming from Trinity Street Players, Austin. (February 1, 2020)