The Stonely Planet comedy tour opens next Friday, Nov. 30, with four shows at the Comedy Club near National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Headliner Dan "Gonzo" Machanik is back with all new material gleaned from his tour of the Americas that will feature insights on his favorite South American country - Miami. Also scheduled to perform are Chris Wang, Huanger and special guest Hartley Pool. All shows are in English and are not suitable for the easily offended. No smoking. Ages 18 and over only.
▲ Tickets are NT$350. NT$80 beer specials at every show
▲ 10pm Nov. 30; 8:30pm and 11pm Dec. 1; and 8:30pm Dec. 2
▲ Comedy Club, B1, 24 Taishun St, Taipei City (台北市泰順街24號B1). Visit english.comedy.com.tw for more information. For reservations, call (02) 2369-3730 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Song Life of Trilogy (生命之歌三部曲)
is an experimental musical journey through different cultures and genres and brings together four musicians hailing from Taiwan and Japan, who are trained in opera, Indian tabla and sitar, classical and modern musical styles. The performance includes interdisciplinary theater art.
▲ Performing Arts School 36 (表演36房), 156-1, Muxin Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市木新路二段156號之1)
▲ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲ Tickets are NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Happiness Part 2 (浮浪貢開花 Part 2)
is a light and carefree play by Golden Bough Theater (金枝演社) that tells the story of a young bohemian searching for happiness and the interesting places where it is found.
▲ National Sun Yat-sen University (高雄中山大學逸仙館), 70 Lienhai Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市蓮海路70號)
▲ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm
▲ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$700 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Those wanting a little comedy with their musical could do no better than check out LAN Creators' (嵐創作體) production of the off-Broadway musical I Love You, You Are Perfect, Now Change. The show, with its snappy dialogue and contemporary themes and narrated sketches a la Seinfeld, follows a time line in the lives of several different characters spanning five decades. LAN Creators is attempting something relatively new in Taiwan by having a one-month run with two alternating casts. This is the final week of the production.
▲ Crown Theater (皇冠藝文中心小劇場), B1, 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei (台北市敦化北路120巷50號B1)
▲ Every evening except Mondays at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm; until Nov. 30
▲ Tickets are NT$750 to NT$1,500,
available through NTCH ticketing, Eslite Bookstore and Fnac, or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
暗殺Q3 … GO, Assassination
is a whodunit mystery complete with a detective who excels in criminal psychology and the methods of interrogation, an informant and murder witness. As this is a play in the tradition of experimental theater, so expect the production to veer off from the detective story and comment on contemporary theatrical practices.
▲ Experimental Theater at Taichung Warehouse No. 20 (台中二十號倉庫實驗劇場), 6-6, Ln 37, Fuxing Rd Sec 4, Taichung City (台中市復興路四段37巷6-6號)
▲ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲ Tickets are NT$400 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Long-term Taipei residents often remember with fondness the exotic China Plaza (中華商場) before it was torn down in the 1980s. The market has now become part of the setting for Ping Fong Acting Troupe's (屏風表演班) play Apocalypse of Beijing Theater (京戲啟示錄). The work combines writer/director Hugh Lee's (李國修) childhood experiences with the market as a backdrop, his relationship with his father and the day-to-day reality of running a theater group. Li's father was a famous haberdasher for Beijing opera companies, which allowed the writer free reign to explore the operatic tradition throughout the 20th century.