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Lysistrata《利西翠妲》will be staged by the Tainanjen Theater Group from October 12 to 15 at the 1st-class national historic site of Eternal Golden Castle 億載金城 (No.3, Guangjhou Rd., Anping District, Tainan City 台南市安平區光州路3號). The fifth production of the local group's ongoing program to translate and perform classic Western plays in the Taiwanese dialect, the anti-war comedy written by Aristophanes in 411 B.C. tells of Greek females, led by the eponymous Lysistrata, who barricade the public funds building and withholding sex from their husbands to secure peace and end the Peloponnesian War. The women from Sparta, Boeotia, and Corinth are at first aghast at the suggestion of withholding sex, but they finally agree and swear an oath to support each other. The play also addresses the contribution that women could make to society and to policy making, but cannot because their views are ignored: All such questions are considered the purview of men only. See the exchange between Lysistrata and the Magistrate who comes to try to browbeat the women into giving up their plans. Lysistrata touches upon the poignancy of young women left with no eligible young men to marry because of deaths in the wars. Tickets are priced at $500 apiece and are available through the NTCH ticketing system, ET-Life, or by booking by phone at the Tainanjen Theater Group (06) 274-7605.
Wu Song Hits the Tiger 武松打虎, a traditional Chinese folktale, will be performed by the Paper Windmill Theater 紙風車劇團 in an island-wide tour, and will take the stage on October 1, and October 6-8 at the Taipei Novel Hall 新舞台. (No. 3-1 Songshou Rd. Taipei 台北市松壽路3-1號). The adaptation of Chinese literary epic “The Water Margin”水滸傳 tells the tale of Wu Song, who slays a man-eating tiger preying on farmers and villagers and becomes the hero of the province, getting appointed as a constable by the local magistrate. The story will be performed in traditional opera style, but will also include modern gigs, such as rap and Taiwanese rhymes chanted to the rhythm of castanets, to appeal to the younger audience. The tiger costume, which is said to weigh 30 kilograms, even has a little fan installed inside to keep the actor from getting overheated. The play will also travel to other cities and counties, including October 14-15 at the Taipei Country Cultural Center 台北縣藝文中心 (62 Zhuangjing Rd, Banqiao City, Taipei County台北縣板橋市莊敬路62號), October 21-22 at Chungli Arts Center (16 Chungmei Rd. Chungli City, Taoyuan County 桃園縣中壢市中美街16號 Tel: (03) 425-8804), November 11 at the Hsinchu City Performance Hall 新竹市立演藝聽 (No.17 Dongda Rd. Hsinchu City新竹市東大路二段17號. Tel: (03)542-8707), November 25 at the Chiayi County Center of Performing Arts 嘉義縣立表演藝術中心 (No.265 Chien-kuo Rd. Sec.2 Minhsiung Township, Chiayi County 嘉義縣民雄鄉建國路二段265號 (Tel: (05)206-5675), December 9 at the Taichung County Arts Center 台中縣立文化中心 (No. 782 Yuan Huan East Rd., Feng Yuan, Taichung County台中縣豐原市圓環東路782號 Tel: (04) 2526-0136), and December 29 at Kaohsiung Chi-teh Hall 高雄中正文化中心至德堂 (No. 67 Wufu 1st Rd., Kaohsiung高雄市五福一路67號 (Tel: (07)740-3466). Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., and afternoon matinees start at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, priced from NT$300 to NT$1,000, and are available through the ERA ticket system, or via phone order (contact Paper Windmill Theater (02) 2393-6170).
Scenes de Viee Boheme 浮浪貢開花, the familiar yet ever encouraging tale of an aspiring country lad in search of dreams and success in the big city, will be staged by the Golden Bough Theater 金枝演社 to October 8 at the Red Building 紅樓劇場 (台北市成都路10號 (02) 2311-9380). A performance group that is known for its aesthetic portrayal of Taiwanese culture, Golden Bough Theater is becoming very popular with the local crowd over the past several years as more Taiwanese youth become more appreciative of Taiwanese traditions and the way of life. The name of this play, which translates into “Fu Lang Gong Blossoms,” was inspired from an old Taiwanese term “po lung kong,” which literally means a hopeless romantic. Wang Jung-yu, the artistic director of Golden Bough Theater, hopes to convey to the audience that life need not be be lived according to social conventions. The performance setting is a reproduction of a traditional Taiwanese bar where aspiring singers would perform folk songs with a band and dancers in the background. Wang guarantees that after the show, “Middle-aged men will shed tears of laughter, and women will go home in happiness.” Tickets, priced at NT$600 apiece, are available through the NTCH ticketing system.
Death Plan《當住左邊住右邊遇上伍迪艾倫 -- 死亡計劃》, an adaptation of Woody Allen’s popular stage play --”Death” -- will be performed by the Black Gate Mountaintop Theater 黑門山上的劇團from October 13-15 at the Taipei City Government Family Theater 台北市政府親子劇場 (2F, No.1 Shifu Rd. Taipei 台北市市府路1號2樓 Tel: (02)8789-5001). Among the many works by comedic master Woody Allen, “Death” is a stage play that readers of all stripes can easily appreciate. At first glance, it seems extraordinarily solemn, yet as the eccentric cast of characters divides into opposing factions, their funny performances and direct audience interaction yields a series of unexpected plot twists. With highly refined stage settings, music and lighting and featuring well-known local comedic performers such as Kuo 郭子乾, Cai Qin 蔡琴 and Ken Lin (A-Ken), the result is a consummately enjoyable comedy. Tickets. priced from NT$300 to NT$1500, are available through the ERA ticketing system.
Taipei Eye 台北戲棚觀光劇場 presents "Traditional Arts Performances" every Friday and Sunday at Taiwan Cement Hall's Shih-Ming Hall. Taipei Eye is designed as a show window for Taiwan's traditional performing arts, intended especially for international friends. One is able to appreciate how Taiwanese arts have bloomed over the last hundred years and enjoy great performances here. The performances include various styles of Chinese traditional arts such as Peking Opera, Tribal Dances, and acrobatics. The performances are with Chinese, English and Japanese subtitles. Tickets are priced at NT$880, through ERA ticket system. For more information: 02-2586-2677.


Updated : 2020-12-04 05:04 GMT+08:00