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Staff reporters

Theater

A brand new production of Blooming Enlightenment (花蕊渡河) by the U-Theater group (優人神鼓) featuring most of the material from the original show that proved an enormous success at the Taipei International Flora Expo (台北國際花博) last year. Added to this is new material and performances featuring the theater group’s youth division. The show will play in Taichung this week, followed by a run of five performances in Taipei starting Oct. 11.

■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中市中山堂), 98 Syueshih Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)

■ Tickets are NT$350 to NT$1,800; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Just Play It (彈琴說愛), a musical theater production by Performance Workshop written and directed by Ismene Ting (丁乃箏) and featuring pianist John Vaughan. This production follows on from the hugely popular tour of Taiwan and China that the show enjoyed in 2010. Just Play It creates something inspirational and warm-hearted from the simplest musical and dramatic elements, proof once again that Performance Workshop remains at the forefront of Taiwan’s creative development in theater.

■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25 Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$1,500; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Human Condition V (人間條件五), an ongoing series of dramatic projects that has proved one of Green Ray Theater’s (綠光劇團) most enduring successes. The fifth installment of the series, which deals with various aspects of Taiwanese society, focuses on the role of men in society: Their innocence, delightfulness and absurdity.

■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday 2:30pm

■ National Theater, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$4,000; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Butterfly Dream (蝴蝶夢) by the Taiwan Kunqu Opera Theater (台灣崑劇團), presents the full seven-act kun opera version of the classic opera about the philosopher Zhuang Zhou (莊周). This will be followed by the five-acts of kun opera for Lanke Mountain (爛柯山).

■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm (Butterfly Dreams) and Sunday 2:30pm (Lanke Mountain)

■ Dadaocheng Theater (大稻埕戲苑), 9F, 21, Dihua St Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市迪化街一段21號9樓)

■ Tickets are NT$100 to NT$300; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Deathless Beauty (燕歌行), a new production created for the 15th anniversary of the Tang Mei Yun Taiwanese Opera Company (唐美雲歌仔戲團) is inspired by the intense fraternal rivalry between the prodigiously talented Cao (曹) brothers from the ruling family of Wei (魏) and the literary achievements of Cao Pi (曹丕), one of the greatest literary geniuses of his age.

■ Opens Thursday Oct. 4

■ National Theater, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

The new production of Nine Songs (九歌), one of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s (雲門舞集) iconic works, continues its national tour this week.

■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ Chiayi Performing Arts Center (嘉義縣表演藝術中心演藝廳), 265, Jianguo Rd Sec 2, Minsyong Township, Chiayi County (嘉義縣民雄鄉建國路二段265號)

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,800; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Classical music

Celebrated Italian violin master Salvatore Accardo, well known for his interpretations of Paganini, performs at the National Concert Hall. The programs includes the great composer’s Carnevale di Venezia and La Campanella, as well as Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 The Spring and Brahms’ Allegro dalla Sonata.

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