Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group (
It's a relief because this is the group that in July of this year charged audiences NT$400 for a show with no performers. Where is Home? had the audience wondering "where are the actors?" -- the entire show was performed as a radio play with a few lights and a soundtrack by violinist Tan Zheng (
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Director and playwright, Wang Chia-ming (
And people wonder why the theater receives such little support in Taiwan.
With their latest effort, Poems of Unusual Places (異境詩篇), Shakespeare's Wild Sister return to its bawdy comedic roots with vignettes based on the writings of Jacques Prevert. Like Alfred Jarry before him, Prevert was a pataphysicist, that school of thought that accepts every event in the universe as an extraordinary event.
Poems of Unusual Places plays tonight through Sunday afternoon at the Red Building Theatre (
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