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Godot Theatre Company’s (果陀劇場) The 39 Steps (步步驚笑) is a comedic espionage thriller adapted in Mandarin from the novel of the same title by John Buchan. The star-studded cast includes veteran thespians Chin Shih-chieh (金士傑) and Tien Hsin (天心) and television and theater actors Pu Hsueh-liang (卜學亮) and Renzo Liu (劉亮佐). The four play a total of 48 characters. This is the first major Broadway production licensed in Chinese while the original runs concurrently in New York and London.

■ National Theater, Taipei City

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

For Just Play It (彈琴說愛), Ismene Ting (丁乃箏) of the Performance Workshop Theatre (表演工作坊) teams up with Taiwanese musician Hsu Che-cheng (許哲誠) and American pianist John Vaughan to fuse Chinese stand-up comedy with classical, blues and pop music.

■ Eslite Xinyi Bookstore (誠品信義店), 6F, 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei City (台北市松高路11號6樓)

■ Tonight, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$980, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Jump from South Korea is billed as a comic martial arts performance that has toured around the world since its inception in 2003. The story follows two luckless thieves who break into a household of marital artists. What ensues is a high-voltage performance of physical comedy, martial arts and acrobatics.

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

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 1pm and 4pm

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,600, available through ERA ticketing or online at


There is possibly no better way to celebrate the birthday of Matsu (媽祖), patron goddess of the sea and one of Taiwan’s most revered deities, than to participate in the Tachia Matsu Pilgrimage (大甲媽祖繞境進香), which begins tonight at 11pm. Over the course of the next nine days, the Matsu statue, which is housed inside Tachia’s Jenn Lann Temple (鎮瀾宮), will be brought out and carried aloft a sumptuous sedan chair through the back roads of central-west Taiwan to Fengtien Temple (奉天宮) in Singang (新港) and then back again. The round-trip journey is roughly 350km. Along the way, Matsu will be entertained — along with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and tourists — by traditional opera troupes, musicians, spirit mediums and martial artists amid the raucous sounds of firecrackers and pungent smells of incense and burning paper money.

The pilgrimage highlights are tonight, when Matsu is brought out of the temple, the fourth day, when she arrives in Singang, and the final day, when overzealous worshippers have been known to fight their way to the front of the crowd to protect Matsu as she is returned to Jenn Lann Temple. (For complete details of the pilgrimage, read tomorrow’s travel story on Page 16 of the Taipei Times.)

▲Jenn Lann Temple is a five-minute walk from Tachia Train Station (大甲站). Taiwan Railway Administration return tickets from Taipei Train Station is NT$480

▲Begins tonight at 11pm

-- Noah Buchan

Unity Sound, a group of MCs and selectors based in the US and Japan, appears tomorrow at the The Wall (這牆).

Event co-organizer Islandjam describes Unity Sound as a “world-class sound system” that has opened for renowned dancehall artists such as Sizzla, Buju Banton and Shaggy.

Judging from the tracks on its MySpace site (, the group will be throwing down smooth-sounding mixes that blend classic dancehall and roots with electronica and hip-hop.

Also appearing are Taiwanese performers Ice, Sunny Smalls, Splendor and Taipei-based expat group Black Reign International Sound.

Advance tickets are available at Toasteria Cafe and KGB Burgers. For more details, visit Islandjam’s page on Facebook.

▲Islandjam and Hunter’s Gold present reggae sound system Unity Sound

▲11pm tomorrow at The Wall (這牆) B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Tel: (02) 2930-0162. On the Net:

▲NT$400 at the door, includes one drink, NT$300 for advance tickets, available at both Toasteria locations, 2, Ln 248, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段248巷2號) and 1, Ln 72, Yunhe St, Taipei City (台北市雲和街72巷1號), and KGB Burgers, 5, Ln 114, Shida Rd (台北市師大路114巷5號)

-- DAVID Chen

Pop musician Kevin Lin (林隆璇) and Jade & Artists Dance Troupe (肢體音符舞團) team up to produce An Untold Secret (藏心), a romantic musical. [See story on Page 13]

■ Taipei Zhongshan Hall (台北中山堂), 98 Yanping S Rd, Taipei City (台北市延平南路98號)

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$800, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Silence Dance by Taipei Dance Circle (光環舞集) is a nine-part dance piece that centers on the troupe’s artistic director Liou Shaw-lu’s (劉紹爐) reflections on the global ecological crisis.

■ Yilan Performance Hall (宜蘭演藝廳), 482, Chungshan Rd Sec 2, Yilan City (宜蘭市中山路二段482號); Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (台南市立文化中心演藝廳), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段332號) and Performing Arts Hall of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County Government (桃園縣政府文化局演藝廳), 21 Sianfu Rd, Taoyuan County (桃園市縣府路21號)

■ Tonight (Yilan), tomorrow (Tainan) and Sunday (Taoyuan) at 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$150 and NT$250, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Have you ever tried having a conversation with another person one word at a time? How about asking questions only? Or speaking in tongues? Improv Comedy: International Night of Unpredictiliciousness is a show of verbal dexterity hosted by Taiching Improv and Seoul City Improv at the Londoner in Taichung City.

■ The Londoner (倫敦公園), 143, Huamei W St Sec 1, Taichung City (台中市西區華美西街一段143號). Tel: (04) 2314-6919

■ April 24 at 10pm

■ Tickets are NT$300 in advance and NT$350 at the door (both include one drink). On the Net, and For more information contact Josh Myers at 0912-129-654

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