Wu Bai (伍佰) and his band China Blue appear tomorrow night at the Core Pacific Mall’s Party Room. The nation’s “King of Rock,” revered by fans across generations and throughout the Chinese-speaking world, released a new album last month entitled Spacebomb (太空彈).
Having played countless tours across Asia, Wu Bai practically wrote the book on Mando-rock with his band, which has performed and recorded with him since the early 1990s. Also a talented songwriter, he has penned for Mando-pop stars such as Andy Lau (劉德華) and Karen Mok (莫文蔚). Tomorrow’s show is back-to-basics for the esteemed rocker, who chose Party Room for its small club vibe as opposed to a stadium show. Tonight’s show is the fourth in a five-weekend run that concludes on Saturday next week.
▲ Wu Bai (伍佰) and China Blue live at Party Room, Core Pacific Mall (京華城), 12F, 138, Bade Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市八德路四段138號12樓)
▲ Tomorrow night and Saturday next week at 9pm
▲ Tickets are NT$900, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.tickets.com.tw; also available at the door. Ticket price includes one drink, no assigned seating
Contemporary Legend Theater’s (CLT, 當代傳奇劇場) 1993 classic Medea (樓蘭女) has been revived in a revamped production that looks as new and cutting-edge as it did 15 years ago. Starring Beijing opera diva Wei Hai-ming (魏海敏) and directed by CLT founder Wu Hsing-kuo (吳興國), this new production has recently returned from a hugely successful tour of Shanghai and Hong Kong. Wu has repeatedly emphasized that Medea is not an opera production, but a piece of contemporary theater built on the technical foundations of Beijing opera. The costumes by Tim Yip (葉錦天) have lost none of their freshness, and the production sports a new and “organic” set design by Lin Keh-hua (林克華), Taiwan’s foremost theater designer. Performances will be in Mandarin with both Chinese and English subtitles. Medea will be performed at the National Theater, Taipei City from Thursday to Dec. 20 at 7:30pm and on Dec. 21 at 2:30pm. Tickets costing NT$1,300 to NT$3,000 are still available and can be purchased through NTCH ticketing.
The Taipei National University of the Arts’ (國立台北藝術大學) theater department will stage two short plays: For All Time, a one-act play by Rita Wellman that tells the tragic tale of a group of women dealing with loss; and an adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Bremer Freiheit, which is based on the life of 19th-century serial killer Geesche Gottfried.
▲ Taipei National University of the Arts — Performing Arts Center (國立台北藝術大學展演藝術中心戲劇廳), 1, Xueyuan Rd, Beitou Dist, Taipei City (台北市北投區學園路1號)
▲ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲ Tickets are NT$350, available through NTCH ticketing
The Jester (弄臣) is a Beijing opera adapted from Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, which was based on a play Victor Hugo depicting the escapades of Francis I of France. [See story on Page 13.]
▲ Novel Hall (新舞臺), 3-1 Sungshou S Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號)
▲ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through ERA ticketing
Oracle (神諭) by Shine-House Theater (曉劇場) draws from Chinese mythology to tell the tale of a mother who beseeches a priest to help her ailing son. The boy’s behavior, however, prompts the priest to refuse and leads the woman on a journey to find a cure.