If you’re out in Chicago, check out Tony Award winner and Pultizer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang’s latest play “Chinglish”. From the award-winning author of M. Butterfly, Chinglish is an uproarious new comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are worlds apart from our own. Here’s more about the play:
A Midwestern American businessman (Daniel) who’s desperately looking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s sign-making firm travels to China only to learn how much he doesn’t understand: his translators are unreliable, his consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xu, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk—but what is she saying, anyway? From the acclaimed author of M. Butterfly. See it now before it heads to New York!
Chinglish runs approximately two hours, with one 15-minute intermission. This play grew out of the personal experiences Hwang had in China . The cast includes Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Christine Lin, Johnny Wu, Larry Zhang, Stephen Pucci, and James Waterson. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, stay after the performance for a post-show discussion with members of the Goodman’s artistic staff and the cast. BTW – the play is in Chinglish (Mandarin Chinese and English). Don’t worry if you don’t understand Mandarin, the play is supertitled. Chinglish runs through July 24, 2011 in Chicago.
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Chinglish – Behind the Scenes