Shang­hai troupes bring five plays to Bei­jing’s Poly Theater

Global Times - - Life -

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.

Photo: Courtesy of the Shang­hai Per­for­mance Trade As­so­ci­a­tion

A scene from Toxic Cof­fee

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