Based on writer Hao Yu-shiang’s (郝譽翔) novel of the same title, A Journey to Return (逆旅) by Fantasy Theatre (狂想劇場) opens with a man fleeing from China to Taiwan in 1949. Fifty years later, his daughter visits China in a quest to find a home for her father’s wondering soul.
■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Oyster Girl’s Wish (蚵女的願望) is a cabaret performance by Mr Eyeball (眼球先生) that fuses traditional Taiwanese songs, dance and glittering costumes and comedy to tell the story of an oyster-harvesting girl’s battle with the mollusks she collects.
■ 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)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 10pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Two of Comedy Club’s most popular groups, Stand-Up Gang (站立幫) and Double Happiness (雙囍門), have teamed up for a series of special shows titled Comedy 101, Oh Yeah (卡米地101，耶！).
■ Comedy Club, 20, Ln 553, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段553巷20號)
■ Tonight to Sunday at 8pm
■ Tickets are NT$400 at the door or NT$360 in advance, available online from www.walkieticket.com. Alternatively, contact the Comedy Club to reserve seats by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by calling (02) 2764-5529
King Porky, an English-language puppet show for children, tells a humorous story about a piglet’s adventures when he becomes king.
■ Nadou Theater (納豆劇場), 79 Xining N Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧北路79號)
■ Saturday at 2pm
■ Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
My Ancestors of 18 Generations (三口組．我的祖宗十八代) by Taiwan Drama Performance (台灣戲劇表演家) fuses rock music, dance and Mandarin stand-up comedy to tell a tale of friendship that spans 18 generations and dates back to China’s Three Kingdoms Period (三國時代).
■ Hsinchu City Performance Hall of Bureau of Cultural Affairs (新竹市文化局演藝廳), 17, Dongda Rd Sec 2, Hsinchu City (新竹市東大路二段17號)
■ Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Riverbed Theatre (河床劇團) returns to the stage with Rice Dreams (夢遊), a remix of its “rice productions” — Riz au Lait, Riz Flambe and Riz Souffle — inspired by musicians who search for new sounds from older works. The company will be taking the hour-long show on tour to Stuttgart and Mannheim, Germany, in March.
■ Arki Galeria (築空間), B1, 2, Chongqing S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市重慶南路一段2號B1)
■ Wednesday to Dec. 30 at 8pm, Dec. 31 at 3pm
■ Tickets are NT$450, available at
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NSO Basically Beethoven — Ultimate Beethoven (NSO就是貝多芬系列 — 完全貝多芬華人三傑) presents a concert of the German composer’s music by four local musicians who have achieved international reputations. Pianist Gwhyneth Chen (陳毓襄), violinist Hu Nai-yuan (胡乃元) and cellist Yang Wen-sinn (楊文信) will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra under Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉). The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36, Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 and the Triple Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56.