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It has been nearly half a year since the notable reopening of the theatre. And the theatre successfully attracted audience to come once again with the classical drama “Wilderness” played in April.

As the most successful play at the spot, “Wilderness” , which was firstly staged on Oct 9 ,1943, is adapted from Cao Yu's namesake masterpiece. It was a story of revenge at Chinese countryside but is more renowned for its touching depiction of complex humanity. And this year, taking this significative drama as the reopening debut shows an affirmative prospect to correspond to the once glory time.

Though the drama didn't make every show to be full house, young faces showed up to everyone's delight. Among those content people dedicated to the theatre's renaissance, He Nian, director of the new-edtion “Wilderness” were also fulfilled. “We saw audiences who're not familiar with drama, staring at the poster at the entrance and asking how to buy a ticket. The theater brings people closer to drama as within a mere walking distance. It could have been 20 years since the last time they watched a drama, but when the audience come here once again, they can still experience the pains and joys through characters,thus to approach their true being and a feeling of presensce.”.

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剧场再开幕后,以4月份亮相的一场《原野》经典大戏唤回不少曾经的老观众。1943年10月9日上演的话剧《原野》曾是上海大戏院建成后最成功的一部话剧。而今年的开幕选剧也有意与这座建筑的辉煌历史呼应,去乐观地拥抱剧场的未来。

剧场的工作人员发现,几场《原野》都有不少生面孔前来观看。对于新版《原野》的导演何念来说这就是最令人高兴的事,“很多是平常不太看话剧的观众,他们在大戏院门口研究海报,询问票价和怎么买票。剧场与市民这么近,让更多人走近了戏剧。也许他们上一次看戏是20年前,但当20年后他们再度进入剧场,通过一部戏、角色的喜怒哀乐,他们会再次找到自己,找到自己的存在感。”

而最重要的是:上海大戏院说不大,又“大”得刚刚好,大得刚好够嵌入进我们平淡无奇的生活里。它有现代式的庄严,但又不拒人于千里之外。即便在茶余饭后闲庭信步时,也能匀我们一处安放灵魂的空间,使我们在喧嚣的时代中一时忘却烦恼,进入自由的精神世界。

从左图起FROM LEFT二层的天井之下2nd floor, underneath the skylit;站于二层,向下的视角A Downward view from the second floor

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