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Theater

Irma la Douce 巴黎花街 will be staged at the National Theater from January 19-28 at the National Theater in Taipei 國家戲劇院 by the well-known local theater group Godot Theatre Company 果陀劇團. Adapted from its namesake novel, Billy Wilder's "Irma la Douce"(艾瑪姑娘), the plot centers on a shrewd bar owner (played by renowned veteran actor Jing Shih-jie 金十傑), a young, honest police officer (played by Taiwanese comedian Tang Chung-sheng 唐從聖, who is locally known for his impersonation of President Chen Shui-bian) and a naive, romantic prostitute (played by Taiwanese singer and fashion expert T-Ana Ding 丁小芹) who struggle for a living on the night streets of 1960s Montmartre - the red light district of "Gay Paree." Directed by gifted dramatist James Liang Chi-ming, the story is a swirl of passion, violence, jealousy, desire, death... among all other human emotions related to love. However, the seemingly chaotic tale ends with a surprise note. Director Liang asks this of the audience: "Don't not believe your eyes, and don't not believe in miracles of love, because this is Paris - where anything goes." After performing in Taipei, Godot will tour the island, staging shows in Taichung, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Hsinchu and Chungli throughout February and March. Tickets, priced NT$400-NT$2,400, are available through NTCH ticketing.
The Bellydance Superstars 獨領風騷.肚皮舞孃 will stage performances throughout Taiwan from March 28 to April 1. Belly dancing may not quite be the new rock 'n' roll but it is undoubtedly the biggest thing since Riverdance. The dance is thought to have been invented to help women prepare their abdominal muscles for the rigors of childbirth, and was historically performed by women for women. Tickets, priced between NT$800 and NT$2,500, are available through ERA ticketing, or contact Da Da Arts Promotion Co. at (07) 537-0000.
"The Spencers: Theater of Illusion" will be staged today and tomorrow at the Novel Hall for Performance Arts 新舞臺 (No. 3 Songshou Rd., Taipei 台北市松壽路3號 Tel: (02) 2722-4302). David Copperfield's greatest rival - Kevin Spencer - is coming to town. Renowned illusionists Kevin and Cindy Spencer will perform the most beguiling illusions, including the long-lost trick of passing through a wall that has only been performed once - by Harry Houdini in New York in 1914. Kevin will walk through a solid brick wall, in front of your very eyes. Tickets, priced NT$600-NT$2,000, are available through ERA ticketing.
Cats 貓 comes back to Taiwan for 32 performances around the island, with the first show coming on January 1 in Tainan and the last show on February 10 in Kaoshiung. Since its opening in London in 1981, Cats has been presented in over twenty countries and in about 250 cities. Detailed information about venues and tickets, ranging from NT$800 to NT4,800 are available through the ERA ticketing system.
What is Man 水滸傳 is a modern-day adaptation of the renowned Chinese literary classic "The Water Margin" by popular Hong Kong director Edward Lam 林奕華, and will be staged tonight at 9 p.m. at the National Theater 國家戲劇院. Nine men who dreamed of being heroes flee in the night - they flee from past scars caused by women, from a weakness they cannot bear to face, and from a destiny that is only skin-deep. The director constantly poses the question: why is man a hero, and why does he challenge the impossible? Hong Kong's Lam was named Artist of the Year in 1999 by the Hong Kong Artists' Guild. Tickets, priced from NT$400 to NT$2,000, are available through the NTCH ticketing system.