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Events and Exhitions


Romeo & Juliette — French Pop Opera (羅密歐與茱麗葉—法國流行歌劇) is France’s most successful musical to date and one of the greatest love stories of all time. The rivalry between two families is uplifted by a musical score that has taken the French music charts by storm.

* Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館), 505 Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei (台北市仁愛路四段505號)

* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm

* Tickets are NT$1,000 to NT$6,000 and are available through NTCH ticketing

The Half-Mile Great Wall (半里長城) by Ping Fong Acting Troupe (屏風表演班) takes a humorous look at the building of the Great Wall.

* Novel Hall (新舞臺), 3-1 Sungshou S Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路3-1號)

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

* Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing (Note: NT$500 to NT$800 are already sold out)

Monkey King at Spider Cave (孫悟空大戰蜘蛛精) is an episode adapted from the Chinese classic Journey to the West (西遊記) by shadow puppeteer Larry Reed and The Puppet and Its Double Theater (無獨有偶工作室劇團). Monkey King at Spider Cave features the heroic Monkey King and his disciples battling against the flesh-hungry Spider Demon and his hoard of evil insects.

* Cultural Affairs Bureau of Hualien County (花蓮縣文化局), 6 Wenfu Rd, Hualien City (花蓮市文復路6號)

* Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

* Tickets are NT$250 to NT$800 and are available from

Madame Bovary is Me. Edward Lam (林奕華) returns to Taiwan with his adaptation of Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary. Infusing the play with iconography from Taiwan, the play takes a critical look at contemporary society’s consumer culture and obsession with icons.

Eslite Theater, 6F, 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei (台北市松高路11號6樓)

* Today, tomorrow, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

* Tickets are NT$600 and available through NTCH ticketing

Roadkill (攔截,公路) by Playbox Theater Ensemble (戲盒劇團) was inspired by a road trip director Tu Shih-hue (杜思慧) took around Australia. The play begins with the story of an accident and develops into a work about the relationship between speed and the passing landscape and how this affects human perception of the external, the real and the imagined.

* Eslite Culture and Art Space (城品藝文空間), B2, 245 Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei (台北市敦化南路一段245號B2)

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

* Tickets are NT$450 and available through NTCH ticketing

2007 — Taipei Traditional Arts festival (2007 臺北市傳統藝術季) continues its celebration of traditional artistic culture from Taiwan and China. On Friday, Ju Percussion Group (朱宗慶打擊樂團) will team up with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra to bring audiences some traditional drumming. On Sunday, the music is brought outside when various artists will play Taiwanese music.

* Taipei Zhongshan Hall (台北市中山堂), 98 Yenping S Rd, Taipei (台北市延平南路98號)

* Friday’s performance takes place in the auditorium and begins at 7:30pm; Sunday’s performance is in the square and begins at 2:30pm

* Tickets for Friday’s performance are NT$200 to NT$800 and are available through NTCH ticketing. Sunday’s performance is free


Peter Arnett. The Lung Ying-tai Cultural Foundation (龍應台文化基金會) will bring internationally renowned war correspondent Peter Arnett to Taiwan to give a lecture titled “America at War in Iraq and Vietnam: The Similarities, The Differences” this weekend at Zhongshan Hall (中山堂). Throughout his 40-plus years of news reporting, Arnett’s outspoken manner of reporting war stories has provoked controversy. He was one of the first reporters in Saigon after its fall to the North Vietnamese and his reports on the Vietnam War won him the 1966 Pulitzer Prize. While representing CNN for the Gulf War, Arnett was one of a handful of reporters with live coverage from Baghdad and later obtained an uncensored interview with Saddam Hussein. In 1997, Arnett was the first Western reporter to interview Osama bin Laden and was dramatically fired by NBC in 2003 for granting an interview to state-controlled Iraqi television and commenting that “the first plan of the war has failed,” when he was covering the US invasion in Iraq.

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