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Wonderwork (誰是聖誕老公公), staged by If Kids Theater (如果兒童劇團) for the second time in four years, tells the story of an old man who is inexplicably chosen to be of one of the world’s 500 Santa Clauses. As he helps deliver presents to children, it dawns on him that people see him as a greedy, stingy and inconsiderate person.

▲The Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)

▲Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 10:30am,

▲NT$300 and NT$350 tickets are sold out, NT$450 to NT$1,000 still available through NTCH ticketing outlets or online at

In Han Zi Hsiao Yu Shuo Xiang Sheng/Comic Cross Talk on Chinese Characters (漢字笑語說相聲) Chinese cross-talk (相聲) master Wu Jau-nan (吳兆南) teams up with performers from the Taipei Quyi Troupe (台北曲藝團) in a performance that analyzes Chinese characters, phrases and poems.

▲Plum Wine Factory (烏梅酒廠) at Huashan Culture Park (華山創意文化園區), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)

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

▲Tickets are NT$300, available through ERA ticketing or online at

Human Condition (人間條件), Green Ray Theater’s (綠光劇團) newest play, centers on the life of a 17-year-old girl who rebels against her dysfunctional family’s listless existence. One day, the grandmother’s spirit returns and possesses her teenage granddaughter.

▲Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (台南市立文化中心), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段332號)

▲Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through ERA ticketing or online at

Based on the Laurence Olivier Award-winning play by British playwright Martin McDonagh, the Pillowman (黑色童話─枕頭人) tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer, who, together with his mentally challenged brother, is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. [See story above.]

▲Tainan Human Theater Factory (台南人戲工場), 3F, Baida Education and Cultural Center (百達文教中心3樓), 85 Shengli Rd, Tainan City (台南市勝利路85號)

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

▲Tickets for Sunday are sold out; NT$350 seats are available for the other performances through NTCH or online at

Taiwan’s expulsion from the UN in 1971 serves as the background for Ping-Fong Acting Troupe’s (屏風表演班) latest work Stand by Me (六義幫), which has extended its run due to popular acclaim. Written and directed by Hugh Lee (李國修), the story tells of three love stories set between 1904 and 1991 and touches on themes such as loyalty, baseball and clan spirit. The performance features 28 actors playing 115 characters in 50 scenes.

▲National Theater, Taipei City

▲Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30

▲NT$500 tickets are sold out, NT$800 to NT$3,500 seats are available through NTCH outlets or online at

Classical music

Leonard Slatkin & Ein Heldenleben (史拉特金與英雄的生涯) brings renowned US conductor Leonard Slatkin, who is widely known for his association with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, to Taiwan to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in a program that features Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and works by Hayden and Hindemith.

▲Sunday at 7:30pm

▲National Concert Hall, Taipei City

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