Play Tests China’s Sexual Limits

In the New York Times, Didi Kirsten Tatlow reports on a new play in Beijing that is pushing the boundaries of sexual expression: Inspired by Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” with an English title that makes reference to the...

Can a Sleepy Chinese Town Become a Cultural Mecca?

For Salon, Jonathan Kalb reports on the Wuzhen Festival, a new international theater festival being launched in a canal town in Zhejiang: In a brand new, eye-popping, $67 million, 1135-seat Grand Theater designed by the renowned...

First Review of Mamma Mia! in Mandarin

The Telegraph carries a review of ‘Mamma Mia!’, the first Western musical to be performed in China in Chinese translation. No one was quite sure what to expect. Mamma Mia! had played Shanghai four years ago in...

China to Bring Das Kapital to Life on Beijing Stage

He Nian, a theater director in China, is convinced that he can turn Karl Marx’s treatise Das Kapital into popular entertainment, in a stage musical that will, “unite elements from Broadway musicals and Las Vegas...

Ballyhoo of Broadway Shuffles Off to … China – Campbell Robertson

From the New York Times: Next week the Nederlanders, one of the big three Broadway theater owners, are planning to announce the details of a new company they have formed that, among other things, will present and market tours and live entertainment in China. But the entry of the Nederlanders into the Asian market is […]

Frustrated Americans in China – Charles Isherwood

From the New York Times: Two innocents abroad learn the limits of American idealism – or the limits of their own, at least – in “No Foreigners Beyond This Point,” Warren Leight‘s wistfully funny new play about the difficulty of doing good in a society rigged to accommodate only more cynical transactions. Produced by the […]

James R. Oestreich: The Lady Is a Villain and the Trappings Are Chinese

From the New York Times: Verdi’s “Macbeth” was never like this. Here, too, the story is Shakespeare’s, more or less, but the trappings are vintage Chinese. “The Kingdom of Desire,” which opened at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. on Thursday evening, is an adaptation of “Macbeth” in the style of Beijing opera by the Contemporary Legend […]

UPI: Paris airport probe won’t impact China theater

From UPI, via newkerala: The findings that the collapse of a Paris airport terminal was due to design and structure faults won’t impact the China National Grand Theater. The China Times said the theater’s safety would likely be re-examined because the theater and the Charles de Gaulle Airport terminal in Paris were designed by the […]



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