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Life imitating art

posted by Karen McKevitt on Wed, Apr 18, 2012
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David Henry Hwang's new hit comedy Chinglish had its last Broadway performance in January -- so why's it making news now?

Well, it appears the scandel in China involving party leader Bo Xilai, whose wife is being investigated in the mysterious death of a British businessman, bears an uncanny resemblance to Hwang's play, where an American businessman gets involved with the wife of a Communist official.

In his article for Newsweek magazine (which we found at the Daily Beast), Hwang says that Chinese nationals had a quibble with his script. "This, they said, might make for good drama, but couldn’t actually happen in China. Such a woman would never enter into a close relationship with a foreign man." Well, until now, apparently. Tina Brown also has a few words to say about all this too. 

Life imitating art? Decide for yourself in August, when Chinglish kicks off Berkeley Rep's exhilarating 2012-13 season!



No late seating "IN PARIS" is totally outrageous! I missed the show cause the Bart train got delayed.

lucia yamda | Sat, May 5, 2012

I have subscribed to the Rep for over 30 years..I was extremely disppointed in the play "In Paris" We paid $85 for box seats on the left side as you face the stage (there were only 4 other seats available in the orchestra). We could not see the text on the back of the stage at all, some of the action took place in the upper left corner of the stage which we could not see, and worst of all the monitors attached to the level of the balconey were for the most part too dim and impossible to read. The couple that sat next to us had the same feeling. Those seats should have not been sold at all. I felt cheated!

brenda davis | Sun, May 6, 2012

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