Drama Theater (
As in I Have Evil Thoughts About You (
With the help of flute and violin soloists who perform classical numbers to accompany the piece, including Astor Piazzolla's poignant tango tunes, the performance is quite expressive emotionally.
The seven episodes in Devil's Valley center on the final hours in the life of a male college student. The tragedy leads the audience through his struggles with his repressed desires until his fatal despair.
One of the best performed episodes is the student protagonist's reverie before hanging himself. He finds himself in a dreamland where he meets a fairy-like girl who bares a striking resemblance to his younger sister. As if finally given a good chance to indulge in his long-held incestuous desires, he approaches the girl, carries out on her the almost sadistic fantasies he had about his sister, and is surprised to find no resistance on her part. However, this throws him into a deep despair.
The young man then dreams of his other long-time fantasy -- killing his father -- but gets no satisfaction from this either. The only way out now, he realizes, is for him to kill himself.
Hsieh Chi-wen (
Devil's Valley could use more comic relief. Fortunately, all its elements, especially the flute performance, combine to present an enjoyable show.
Devil's Valley will be performed at Crown Theater (