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Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam 

When: Aug. 26-29, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 30, 2 p.m. 2015
Price: $15

UNCLE HO TO UNCLE SAM

PLAYMAKERS REPERTORY COMPANY, CHAPEL HILL

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26–SUNDAY, AUG. 30

The street gangs of Boston have threatened some people. The Viet Cong has menaced others. But actor Trieu Tran, who played Joey Phan on HBO's The Newsroom, is the rare person who faced both during a young life that defines "harrowing." He escaped Vietnam with his family after his father was tortured in a re-education camp. Then, pirates repeatedly attacked their refugee ship en route to Thailand. In North America, a Vietnamese immigrant community beset by poverty and racism turned to gang violence when law enforcement failed to deliver justice. Yet somehow a gifted child endured this dark odyssey, embracing Shakespeare and Tupac on his way to becoming a successful screen and stage artist. Tran recounts these experiences in Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam, which the L.A. Times called a "modern-day exorcism." The 90-minute solo show opens PlayMakers Rep's PRC² second-stage series in Kenan Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Weds.–Sun.; 2 p.m. Sun., $15–$42, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, 919-962-7529, www.playmakersrep.org. —Byron Woods

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