As part of the ongoing 2011 Kuandu Arts Festival (關渡藝術節), La Casa de Benarda Alba by Nottle Theatre Company from South Korea is based on Spanish dramatist and theater director Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1936 play of the same name, and explores the themes of tradition, oppression and the influence of patriarchy through a tale about a household of women in mourning. For more information about the festival, visit kdarts.tnua.edu.tw/festival.
■ Taipei National University of the Arts Theater (國立臺北藝術大學展演藝術中心戲劇廳), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Apart from the theatrical performance above, the Kuandu Arts Festival has invited young dancers from Dance Art Hong Kong, who aim to build a face-to-face conversation with audiences through the motions of their bodies, to perform. The festival features a lineup of theatrical and musical performances, dances, interdisciplinary shows and film screenings and runs through Oct. 30.
■ Huang Shan Theater (荒山劇場) at Taipei National University of the Arts (國立臺北藝術大學), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號)
■ Tomorrow and Sunday at 3:30pm
■ Free admission
Blushing Diva’s (紅綾金粉劇團) More Than Just an Oh-So-Perfect Doll, I Swear! (你從不知道我想做的不只是芭比女孩) is a drag queen extravaganza starring Queen Blue (real name Lin Li-chung, 林立中), a veteran queen who returns to the stage after a decade of working a nine-to-five job at a bank.
■ Nanhai Gallery (南海藝廊), 3, Ln 19, Chongqing S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市重慶南路二段19巷3號)
■ Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 8pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Love on the Air 2: I Am Drama Queen (愛情放映中2:我是女主角) by A Good Company (好劇團) is a black comedy about a 30-year-old woman who embarks on a road trip to locate five ex-lovers in the hope of finding a father for her unborn baby. [See story on the right.]
■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32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, online at www.artsticket.com.tw and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Creative Society (創作社劇團) is reviving its 2004 Who-Ga-Sha-Ga (嬉戲:Who-Ga-Sha-Ga), a sci-fi political satire that imagines Taipei plunging into anarchy after the 319 shooting incident, an alleged assassination attempt against former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) in Tainan in 2004.
■ Plum Wine Factory (烏梅酒廠), Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1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 and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A concert production of Fidelio, part of the NTSO International Music Festival (NTSO 國際音樂節), is being staged with a host of international stars. The production of Beethoven’s opera features tenor Stuart Skelton, soprano Janice Watson and basses Carsten Wittmoser and Simon Neal. They will be supported by The Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir and the NTSO Festival Chorus. The production is directed by Chen Szu-chao (陳思照) and the orchestra will be conducted by the NTSO’s artistic director Lan Shui (水藍).