Being staged as part of the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (2011台灣國際藝術節, tifa.ntch.edu.tw), Crosstalk Travelers (那一夜，在旅途中說相聲) is the newest installment of Performance Workshop Theatre’s (表演工作坊) popular crosstalk series, which began in 1985 with the smash hit play That Night We Performed Crosstalk (那一夜我們說相聲). The product of a collaboration between renowned playwright and theater director Stan Lai (賴聲川) and television guru Wang Wei-chung (王偉忠), Crosstalk Travelers tells the tale of two wanderers who recount past adventures and reflect on life.
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight through Sunday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw.
Based on Shakespeare’s Othello, the Moor of Venice, Eyes of Your Mind (牟尼之瞳) is Sun Hope Taiwanese Opera Troupe’s (尚和歌仔戲劇團) latest attempt to fuse modern theater and Taiwanese operatic arts. The play is part of the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival (高雄春天藝術節, w4.khcc.gov.tw/ksaf2011).
■ Kaohsiung Cultural Center’s Chihteh Hall (高雄市立文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市五福一路67號)
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Off Season Company Party (過季尾牙聯歡晚會) by comedy troupe Yubon Theatre (魚蹦興業), which was formed in 2008 by a group of theater actors, starts with seafood company Yubon throwing a long overdue weiya (尾牙), or lunar year-end party held, despite the company’s deteriorating finances.
■ Red House Theater (西門紅樓), 10 Chengdu Rd, Taipei City (台北市成都路10號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Magic of the Dance (魔力之舞) returns to Taipei for a foot-stomping performance. Fusing modern and traditional Irish music and dance, Magic of the Dance presents the story of a man and a woman who fall in love in Ireland but become separated. The show follows their efforts to reunite.
■ 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)
■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$4,500, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
A Concert of Russian Ballet Music by Chen Rueibin (陳瑞斌俄羅斯芭蕾鋼琴音樂會) presents the highly-acclaimed Taiwan-born concert pianist Chen Rueibin (陳瑞斌) performing a program that includes selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcraker, and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka. The concert in Taipei will be followed by performances in Kaohsiung (March 25) and Taichung (April 6).
■ Sunday at 7:30pm
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Ticket are NT$500 to NT$4,800, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
New Sound, Beautiful Notes (新聲樂音) is a performance by pianist Lee Mei-wen (李美文), violinist Hsu Su-lan (許恕藍) and cellist Lu Chao-lun (呂超倫). The program includes Lee Szu-hsien’s (李思嫻) Yio: Seclusion, Worry and Ease (幽、憂、悠), David Lefkowitz’s Homage, Remembrance and Prayer, Shostakovich’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano No. 2, Op. 67 and Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elegiaque, Op. 9.
■ Thursday at 7:30pm
■ National Recital Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw. Also available through 7-Eleven and FamilyMart FamiPort kiosks