The upcoming performance of Yasmina Reza's 1994 play Art by the Godot Theater Company has turned out to be something of a coup de theatre. Opening on Dec. 25 and originally scheduled for 16 performances in Taipei -- a long run by local standards. Tickets for the first seven performances are booked solid and only the most expensive remain for the rest.
\nGodot announced Tuesday that it would be returning for an additional six shows in Taipei in February after it has completed its countrywide tour. Tickets for these additional performances are also selling fast.
\nWhy the enthusiasm?
\nWhile Yasmina Reza has made something of a sensation in Europe and the US, she is a long way from theatrical greatness and while most reviews acknowledge her accessibility, they are also just a tad dismissive. A review in the British magazine The Spectator describes her as "intellectual theater lite."
\nWhile Art won the Moliere Award for Best Play, Best Production, and Best Author when it was first released, and has since proved popular in numerous translated productions, the real draw for Godot's production is that it features three of Taiwan's most distinguished comedians in a virtuoso peace of ensemble work.
\nThe play has a cast of only three; but when these are Ku Bao-ming (
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