Written and directed by Ismene Ting (丁乃箏), Performance Workshop Theatre’s (表演工作坊) This Is Real (這是真的) fuses elements of dance and theater to reflect on love.
■ Metropolitan Hall (台北市社教館城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (北市八德路三段25號)
■ Tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$2,500, available through NTHC ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Fantasy Four (奇幻四騎士), a shadow puppet show by If Kids Theater Company (如果兒童劇團), is an adventure that follows the travails of an aged general and three drifters with special powers. The hour-long production is suitable for children aged three and up.
■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Once Upon a Time, in 8-12 (小七爆炸事件) by Action 1911 (1911劇團) takes its cue from the omnipresent 7-Eleven stores to tell the stories of seven individuals who find themselves at one such shop on a rainy night.
■ Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei City (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號)
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$480, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The highly anticipated Russian-language production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by British director Declan Donnellan will be performed in Kaohsiung as part of the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival (高雄春天藝術節). The international collaboration marries Donnellan’s signature minimalist style and Russian realist panache. The production has Chinese subtitles.
■ Kaohsiung Cultural Center’s Chihshan Hall (高雄市文化中心至善廳), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市五福一路67號)
■ Saturday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Absolutely Bobby and You! (巴比‧麥菲林LIVE) brings virtuoso vocalist Bobby McFerrin to Taiwan for two concerts, one in Tainan and one in Taipei. McFerrin is a 10-time Grammy Award-winner who shot to international fame with his 1989 hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy. He has achieved renown as a conductor, collaborating with the likes of the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic.
■ Saturday at 7:30pm (Tainan) and Monday at 7:30pm (Taipei)
■ Tainan Municipal Cultural Center Performance Hall (台南市立文化中心演藝廳), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Greater Tainan (台南市中華東路三段332號) and the National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000 for Tainan and NT$800 to NT$3,600 for Taipei, available through ERA ticketing and online at www.ticket.com.tw
Doubles Jeux (雙重遊戲) brings the highly acclaimed French violinist Laurent Korcia to Taiwan for a performance with the Taiwan Artists Ensemble (台灣藝術家合奏團). The program includes an extract from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 and a selection of popular film scores.
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm (Tainan), Saturday at 7:30pm (Yunlin) and Sunday at 7:30pm (Taipei)
■ Tainan Municipal Cultural Center Performance Hall (台南市立文化中心演藝廳), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Greater Tainan (台南市中華東路三段332號), Concert Hall of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Yunlin County Government (雲林縣政府文化局音樂廳), 310, Dasyue Rd Sec 3, Douliu City, Yunlin County (雲林縣斗六市大學路三段310號) and the National Concert Hall, Taipei City