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A Moving Sound performs tomorrow, then heads to the US for its latest international tour.


A Moving Sound is holding a special performance tomorrow at the Shin Kong Building, next to the Eslite Bookstore on Dunhua South Road, Taipei City. The group, which features the vocal improvisations and dance of Mia Hsieh (謝韻雅), has been preparing for a run of shows in Los Angeles and at the Netherlands’ Dunya World Music Festival, a renowned venue for world music acts. After several months of rehearsals, the group is ready and happy to be on stage again: “It’s harvest time,” says co-founder and bassist Scott Prairie. “We’ve been working hard for the opportunity to get out and play internationally.” Tonight’s show will mostly feature compositions from the group’s last album, Songs Beyond Words (心的航行), but with a twist. They will be joined by several guest musicians and a new percussionist, Lin Jing-ping, who also plays the yangqin (揚琴), a hammered dulcimer originally from Iran. On the Net:


▲ Tomorrow at 7:30pm

▲ Admission is NT$400 at the door; to book call Scott Prairie at 0911-899-774

▲ A Moving Sound Pre-International Show Tour at Shin-Kuang Building, 12F, 243, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (新光人壽大樓12樓,台北市敦化南路一段243號12F)


Taiwan’s raucous legislature and zany television shows are some of the fodder for Mad in Taiwan (瘋狂年代), the latest work by Ping-Fong Acting Troupe (屏風表演班). The play within a play tells the story of a theater group that attempts to produce a musical that captures the spirit of Taiwan. The trope they eventually hit on is betel nut beauties.

▲ National Theater, Taipei City

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

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

Life of Love (愛情生活) kicks off Tainaner Ensemble’s (台南人劇團) repertoire of plays for this year. Written in the style of Sex and the City, the play follows the life of a woman named Cat who works in a pub, and her love interest, a man named Dog. Through the chases that ensue, the audience sees the give-and-take of trying to form a lasting relationship in the 21st century.

▲ Tainan Human Theater Factory (台南人戲工場), 3F, 85 Shengli Rd, Tainan City (台南市勝利路85號3F)

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

▲ Tickets are NT$400, available through NTCH ticketing

Mr Pee (老皮) by Drama Club Theater (劇樂部劇團) is about how a “mysterious island nation” struggles to deal with rising sea levels. When members of the ruling classes come together to find a solution, nothing can be done. They eventually call on the wisdom of ancestor spirits to guide them through the crisis.

▲ Crown Theater (皇冠藝文中心小劇場), 50, Ln120 Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路120巷50號)

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

▲ Tickets are NT$400 and are available through NTCH ticketing

Hard-hitting social commentary tinged with moral themes is a trademark of the plays written by the late Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal. Taiwan’s Tellus Theater continues its adaptation of Arrabal’s work with Guernica Picnic on the Battlefield, which combines two of the master playwright’s works and investigates what it means to live during war. The play is in English.

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