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Cats 貓 comes back to Taiwan for 32 performances across Taiwan, with the first show starting on January 5 in Tainan and the last show on February 10 in Kaoshiung. Cats is a dance musical based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which the composer Andrew Lloyd Weber recalled as having been a childhood favorite. The songs of the musical comprise Eliot's verse set to music by the composer, the exception being the most famous song from the musical, "Memory", for which the lyrics were written by Trevor Nunn after an unrelated Eliot poem entitled "Rhapsody on a Windy Night". Since its opening in London in 1981, Cats has been presented in over twenty countries and in about two hundred and fifty cities. Cats will perform at the Tainan Cultural Arts Center 台南市立文化中心演藝廳 (No. 322 Chunghwa East Rd., Tainan 台南市中華東路三段322; Tel: 06-632-1047) on January 5 to 6. The show will then move to the Taipei Arena 台北巨蛋 (No. 2 Nanjing East Rd. Sec. 4, Taipei 台北市南京東路四段2號; Tel: 02-2579-2388) on January 12 until January 14. It will also be staged at the Taichung Zhongshan Hall台中市中山堂 (No. 98, Hsuehshi Rd., Taichung City 台中市學士路98號) from January 19 to 28, and finally, at the Kaohsiung City Bureau of Cultural Affairs Chih-Teh Hall 高雄文化中心至德堂 (No. 67 Wufu 1st Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung City 高雄市五福一路67號; Tel: 07-222-5136) from January 2 to 10. Tickets, ranging from NT$800 to NT$5,800 are available through the ERA ticketing system.
Dinner Alone 一個人的晚餐 will be staged from January 20-27 at the Ringside 聚場 (B1 No.10 Siwei Rd., Taipei 台北市四維路10號B1; Tel: (02) 2705-2899), directed by Ma Zhao Qi 馬照琪 and performed by De la Saltimbanque 沙丁龐客劇團. This is the story of a very common girl. Yes, she was very ordinary until she suddenly found that things around her didn’t work as usual. The TV no longer worked, computers didn’t follow her instructions, and even her furniture changed gradually into things she was not familiar with and could not control. Her life started to change in a strange way. This is a show that combines silent theater, clowning props, mechanical apparatuses and music. And it is about a very sad clown. All shows begin at 8:00 p.m.
Irma la Douce 巴黎花街 will be staged at the National Theater 國家戲劇院 (No.21-1 Zhongshan S. Rd., Taipei 台北市中山南路21-1號 Tel: (02)3393-9888) January 19 - 28 by the Godot Theater Company. Adapted from Billy Wilder’s “Irma la Douce” (艾瑪姑娘要出嫁), the plot centers on an shrewd bar owner (played by renowned veteran actor Jing Shih-jie 金士傑), 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 veteran stage actress Yen Fang-hsin 顏嘉樂) who struggle for a living on the night streets of 1960s Montmarte - the red light district of “Gay Paree.” Directed by gifted dramaturgist James Liang Chi-ming, the story is a swirl of passion, violence, jealousy, desire, death... among all other human emotions related to love. Director Liang comments:“ This wildly designed comedy with a twisting plot takes everyone longing for romance in an adventure for happiness, in which Cupid will fill our hearts with the love that occurs on the streets of Paris.” Tickets, NT$500 - NT$2500, are available through the NTCH ticketing system.
Tadashi Suzuki's Dionysus 日本國寶級戲劇大師經典演劇:鈴木忠志-酒神 will be staged March 23-25 at the National Theater 國家戲劇院(No.21-1 Zhongshan S. Rd., Taipei 台北市中山南路21-1號 Tel: (02)3393-9888). Tadashi Suzuki, is a Japanese national treasure and a world well known director, theorist and ideologue. He is good at adapting western classical drama. “King Lear” and “Cyrano de Bergerac” among others are his representative works. Suzuki used to combine elements of Japanese Noah, Kabuki and western realism in his drama. In this “Dionysus,” he adapted a Greek tragedian’s work describing conflicts between Bacchus and the King of Thebes. Granite temple on the stage, melic dialogue of actors, plus conflicting story make “Dionysus” a great Greek myth drama. Tickets, priced NT$400 - NT$2,500, are available through the NTCH 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 : 2021-05-09 21:17 GMT+08:00