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Strippers on a train: The reality of Chinglish costume changes

posted by Amy Bobeda on Thu, Aug 30, 2012
in Backstage buzz , Our shows

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Every Bay Area dweller has had an unsavory BART experience. So imagine, if you will, riding BART in complete darkness as you attempt to change your entire ensemble in under 50 seconds. That, my dear Berkeley Rep lovin' readers, is exactly what life is like for the cast of Chinglish.

For those who don't know, the show is set on two rotating turntables, and the platforms spin during the transitions in and out of each scene. For actors to exit and enter the stage, they hop from platform to platform to the beat of Chinese techno pop. 

In the first act, future lovers (sorry, spoiler alert) Daniel and Xi exit the hotel lobby, fully clothed, and 40 seconds later you see them nearly naked in Daniel's bed. Daniel's (Alex Moggridge) strip tease begins in the elevator, where he tears off his quick-rigged jacket, shirt, and tie before running around to the other side of the stage where costume staffer Alex Zeek and I rid him of his shoes, socks, pants, and watch in record time.

Xi's (Michelle Krusiec) quick-change goes down on the stage-left turntable. As it begins to turn she and Barbara Blair rip of her duds, throw down her hair pins, and get her through one of the many secret on-set passages to her destination. After a short and sexy scene in Daniel's bed, we start all over again, dressing them in 40 seconds for their next entrance. And that, my folks, is what they call the "magic of theatre."

Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge. Photo by

So, I leave you with this thought: Next time you find yourself cramped between the guy that's talking too loudly on his iPhone and the hippie chick that follows bathing practices of the Middle Ages, and your transfer train is still two stops away, just be thankful you don't have to strip on that train.


story sounds ao good ...liked it
as i hv such experince with the stripper....had lot fun that time...

markley rey | Mon, Feb 4, 2013

När denna situation kommer på mig jag skulle gå till henne varje sak hon bad om förutom om det inte kommer på allvarlig fråga .... hade erfarenhet ledsagarservice i sverige

markley rey | Mon, Feb 4, 2013

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