Shanghai troupes bring five plays to Beijing’s Poly Theater
Troupes from Shanghai began a week-long series of performances at Beijing’s Poly Theater on Tuesday.
The series consists of a selection of five popular stage works ranging from dramas to children’s plays to musicals, according to a representative from the Shanghai Performance Trade Association, the organizer for the shows.
Performed in Shanghaiese, The Eternal Snow Beauty is an adaptation of the first story in Taiwan writer Pai Hsien-yung’s Taipei People short story series. The story follows Yin Hsuehyen, a ballroom queen who flees from Shanghai to Taiwan to escape the war during the late 1940s. Trying to adjust to her new home, she reunites with many old friends, while also making some new ones.
According to a representative from Shanghai HYX Drama, the producer of the stage drama, Snow Beauty perfectly captures the atmosphere of the original short story, while also doing a great job of presenting the glorious days of 1940s Shanghai.
Performed in the Shanghai dialect, original drama A Love Story of Green Island tells the story of a cultural heritage inheritor who can imitate 60 types of bird calls, while musical Toxic Coffee takes a modern look at the importance of family.
A scene from Toxic Coffee