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Events and Entertainment


Irma la Douce (巴黎花街) by Godot Theater (果陀劇場) tells the story of a fired cop on the steamy streets of 1960s Paris, who falls in love with a prostitute named Irma la Douce. They meets at a seedy bar called the Cafe Moustache. After killing off la Douce's pimp, the ex-cop takes his place and gradually loses all sense of reality as he becomes increasingly jealous of the hooker's Johns. A highlight of the performance is the comedic acting talents of Chin Shih-jie (金士傑), who plays the role of the cafe owner.

* National Theater, Taipei (國家戲劇院)

* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

* Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing

Shamlet (莎姆雷特) is a spoof on the Shakespeare tragedy by Ping Fong Acting Troupe (屏風劇團). The play tells the story of a theater troupe trying to put on a production of Hamlet, but it is disrupted by disputes within the group, leading to chaos and comedy.

* Taipei Cultural Center (台北市立社教館), 25 Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei (台北市八德路三段25號)

* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm (Note: All Saturday performances are sold out)

* Tickets are from NT$500 to NT$2,500 and are available through

Cats is the hit musical based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, a book of poems about feline friendship. The musical, like the poems, revolves around a ball during which one lucky cat will be bestowed with an extra life. Cats will be cats, however, and rivalries spark tensions as the leading contenders for the extra life try to out do each other over a backdrop of memorable songs and breathtaking dance routines.

* Chungshan Hall, Taichung (台中市中山堂), 98 Hsuehshi Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)

* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

* Tickets are NT$800 to NT$4,800 and are available through ERA ticketing

Back to School (再校生) is a performance that explores what is meant by going to school in the 21st century. Issues that will be investigated include the school as a place of knowledge and a place of values in society.

* Performing Arts School 36 (表演36房), located at 156-1 Muxin Rd, Taipei (台北市木新路二段156號之1)

* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

* Tickets are NT$300 and available through NTCH ticketing

Dinner Alone (一個人的晚餐) is a silent play that tells the story of an ordinary woman whose mundane existence is interrupted by a series of odd events. From the television breaking down to the computer not following her directions, the woman has to come to terms with events that are beyond her control. The show is directed by Ma Zhao-qi (馬照琪) and performed by Theater de la Sardine (沙丁龐客劇團).

* Ringside Theater (聚場劇場) B1, 10 Siwei Rd, Taipei (台北市四維路10號B1)

* Today and tomorrow at 8pm

* For tickets call (02) 2705-2899

T(r)oy (木馬凸城記) by Children Are Us Troupe (喜憨兒劇團) tells the story of two ancient cities, one that lives a life of abundance, the other struggling to make ends meet. The peace that had reigned between the two countries ends with the appearance of a beautiful woman.

* National Taiwan Arts Education Institute (國立台灣藝術教育館), 47 Nanhai Rd, Taipei (台北市南海路47號)

* Tomorrow at 7:30pm

* Admission is free. Call (02) 2325-7383 X31 for tickets


If on a winter night, with poets and artists (如果在冬夜,詩人藝術家們) is an evening of poetry with Taipei Artist Village resident Dutch poet Erik Lindner, who will project Chinese translations of his work, and English poet Aoife Mannix, who will demonstrate how to present live poetry.

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