'Going Green the Wong Way' Takes a Right Turn at the Bootleg
Performance artist Kristina Wong overshares—a lot—in her latest one-woman show at the Bootleg Theater. We learn things about her personal eco-life choices and hygiene habits that aren't fit for dinner conversation. And we're perfectly fine with it all because Going Green the Wong Way is a hysterical romp through green living and political incorrectness.
The play is an expanded production of an earlier version of Going Green... that focused solely on Wong's trials and tribulations of owning a 1981 pink Mercedes, named Harold, with 172,000 miles on the odometer that ran on vegetable oil. She recounts the challenges of finding vegetable oil for the car, meeting suspicious characters in back alleys for cheap oil, likening the search to finding drugs in LA. Except that finding heroin or coke is much easier—according to Wong—"at least you can suck dick for crack!" The car eventually meets its unfortunate demise when it bursts into flames on the 405 freeway.
The rest of the autobiographical show takes the audience back in in time to see how Wong's eco-warrior formed, beginning with science projects and middle school assemblies, pleading with classmates to help save mother earth to her first job as a canvasser for CALPIRG to her current car-free life in Los Angeles.
Scattered about the stage were toys, kitsch and plastic bags, and the disarray somehow works with Wong's hyper-storytelling style. She raps, converses with mother nature and uses a slideshow and key sound elements through the production to keep things moving along.
The photos highlight memorable parts of her true-life stories, which would make most Chinese mothers blush. She talks about her first dry humping romp in a San Francisco park as a teenager with a pot-smoking neohippie; the adventures of traveling through LA by bus; and intimate details about her personal choices regarding feminine hygiene and the monthly cycle. (Seriously, we had no idea about Diva Cups and only a little about organic cloth pads, but adding Wong's misadventures with both made for an entertaining learning experience.)
Wong's energy, off-color stories and pitch-perfect comedic timing play well for enthusiastic audiences. She also involves audience members in a few of the scenes, so consider yourself warned if you've driven an SUV to the show.
Going Green the Wong Way heads to the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, after the Bootleg run, so you have until July 22 to catch the show in LA. We can't recommend it enough—regardless if you're a Prius driver or not.
Going Green the Wong Way at the Bootleg Theater. From Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets $15