Two Thai-American brothers launch a ghost-hunting business in order to capitalize on the nationwide increase in sightings of “Asian-looking ghosts.” When the siblings investigate the home of an African-American couple who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and who are antagonized by one very terrifying spirit, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.
THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL
Two Thai-American brothers, one born and raised in the Midwest (Vin Kridakorn) and the other in Thailand (Roy Vongtama), have set up a ghost-busting business to address an increase in Asian apparitions in the American heartland. Their first customers are an African-American couple (Brian D. Coats and Dawn L. Troupe) who fled Hurricane Katrina two years earlier. Produced for the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Prince Gomolvilas's clever, multilayered play is gratifyingly subtle in its inquiry into migration—the pain of crossing over for the living and the dead alike. Jeff Liu's direction shifts deftly among registers: comedy, melancholy, suspense, and several genuine scares, achieved with the help of some smart lo-fi effects (designed in part by Steve Cuiffo) but especially through the performances. Natsuko Hirano plays an alarmingly agile ghost.