Translated by poet Yu Kuang-chung (余光中), a local rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde will take to the stage for five performances. The production is helmed by renowned theater director Yang Shih-peng (楊世彭) and features a star-studded cast including Lu Yan (盧燕), Yang Chin-hua (楊謹華), Yang Chian-pei (楊千霈) and Lin Ching-tai (林慶台)
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Kumud Dance Company’s (谷慕特舞蹈劇場) modern dance piece Shih Chieh-yung — the Land of Dreams I (史擷詠夢土一), pays tribute to Gerald Shih (史擷詠), an eminent composer for film, dance and theater who died in August last year at the age of 53. The production is inspired by and uses music from Shih’s 2007 album Dreamland — Indigenous Hearts (夢土部落之心).
■ New Taipei City Arts Center (新北市藝文中心演藝廳), 62 Jhuangjing Rd, Banciao Dist, New Taipei City (新北市板橋區莊敬路62號)
■ Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Organized by Taichung Improv, the Quickies — Instant Play Festival — Taichung 2012, now in its third year, challenges aspiring writers, directors and actors by giving them random ideas to create a theatrical show from scratch within 24 hours. The curtain goes up at 8pm on June 16. Those interested in signing up can visit www.taichungimprov.net/quickies.asp, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Open Theater, B1, 107, Taichung Harbor Rd Sec 3, Greater Taichung (台中市西屯區台中港路三段107號B1)
■ June 16 at 8pm
■ Tickets are NT$400 at the door and NT$300 in advance, available from various venues in Taichung, including Salut Pizza, tel: (04) 2310-3541 and Best Language School, tel: (04) 2265-1403
As part of the ongoing Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival (高雄春天藝術節), River of Love, Dream of Romance (愛河戀夢) by the Ming Hwa Yuan Sky Troupe (明華園天字戲劇團), one of the eight companies that form the Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Cultural Group (明華園戲劇總團), tells of a romance between a courtesan and wealthy gentleman.
■ Da-Dong Cultural Center (大東文化藝術中心), 161 Guangyuan Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市光遠路161號), next to KMRT Dadong Station (高雄捷運大東站)
■ Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Chen Wu-kang (陳武康) and Su Wei-chia (蘇威嘉) from all-male dance collective Horse (驫舞劇場) teamed up with Hong Kong theater director Edward Lam (林奕華) to stage Relationship Between Two Men (兩男關係), a dance duet that explores emotions, friendship and sexuality.
■ Wei Wu Ying Center for the Arts (衛武營藝術文化中心), 449-1 Nanjing Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市南京路449-1號)
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Matthias Hoffs and the Wings of the Angles Symphony Band (夢幻之聲—馬諦斯.霍夫與天使之翼交響管樂團音樂會) presents the award-winning trumpet player Matthias Hoffs performing a program that includes Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto in A Minor, Joseph Hellmesberger’s Dance Diabolique and other pieces.
■ Saturday at 7:30pm (Taichung) and Monday at 7:30pm (Taipei)
■ Taichung Tun District Art Center (台中市立屯區藝文中心), 201 Dasing Rd, Taiping Dist, Greater Taichung (台中市太平區大興路201號) and National Concert Hall, Taipei City