Second-generation Korean Jimmy Lee (Andrew Cristi) is building up his vocabulary in anticipation of applying for college in a few years. He’s a bright, engaging kid, always looking for bigger and better words to say what he means. As he and his older brother Isaac (Peter Kim) differ about taking a road trip with their Korean immigrant father Boo-Seng Lee (Thom Sesma), Jimmy gropes for a word to describe why he feels it’s important. He finally lands on it: “auspicious.”
In Julia Cho’s new play, Durango, getting its Midwestern premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse, “auspicious” not only describes the road trip on which she sends her three principal characters, it is certainly applicable to this script by a relatively unknown playwrighthere.