All U People Theater’s (全民大劇團) Television Station in Chaos (瘋狂電視台 — 相聲了沒) returns to Taipei with six shows starting tonight. The stand-up comedy, performed in Mandarin, tells the story of five workers who try to rescue the TV company they work for from bankruptcy. The cast includes comedian Bacy Tang (唐從聖) and theater veteran Luo Bei-an (羅北安).
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$550 to NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A collaboration between Song, Song, Song Children’s and Puppet Theatre (九歌兒童劇團) and Theatre Mala Scena in Croatia, Play & Play (遊戲狂想曲) is a children’s theatrical piece that fuses dance and acrobatics to portray the imaginary worlds of a boy and a girl.
■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 10:30am, 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am and 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through ERA ticketing and online at www.ticket.com.tw
In Yubon’s Encyclopedia (魚蹦小百科), comedy troupe Yubon Theatre (魚蹦興業) shares all the strange facts, weird tidbits and useless information that you may or may not know.
■ Live Comedy Club & Cafe Taipei (卡米地喜劇俱樂部), 20, Ln 553, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段553巷20號)
■ Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm and 8pm
■ Tickets are NT$400, available online through www.walkieticket.com. Or contact the Comedy Club to reserve seats by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (02) 2764-5529
For Entrance (奇幻旅程), Diabolo Dance Theatre (舞鈴劇場) takes audiences on a journey through the eyes of a little girl with its visually opulent, high-energy performance of diabolo, a traditional children’s game, and Chinese acrobatics. The show runs through the end of March.
■ Expo Hall at Taipei Expo Park (花博公園舞蝶館), located at the intersection of Zhongshan North Road (中山北路) and Minzu East Road (民族東路) in Taipei City
■ Tonight, tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Flying-Group Theatre (飛人集社劇團) presents The Dying Fish (魚), which centers on the tragic yet comic romance between a kindergarten teacher and her insurance salesman boyfriend. An uninvited guest comes along and shakes up the couple’s dull life together.
■ Open Theater (大開戲聚場), B1, 107, Jhonggang Rd Sec 3, Greater Taichung (台中市中港路三段107號B1)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$350, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Local post-rock heroes Sugar Plum Ferry (甜梅號) perform tomorrow and popular Aboriginal rocker Chang Chen-yue (張震嶽) takes to the stage on Saturday. On Wednesday, the venue holds a pre-Lunar New Year’s party featuring pop singer and actress Wan Fang (萬芳) and rock singer-songwriter A-hsiang (阿翔) of the beloved but defunct underground rock band Luantan (亂彈).
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Shows start at 8pm on Friday, 8:30pm tomorrow and Wednesday