Sunday, March 30, 2008

Vitas in Shanghai

In the wake of a recent performance in Shanghai by Russian opera singer Vitas, The Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center recently ran an adaptation of the play Lend Me a Tenor, calling it Lend Me a Vitas.

Eight characters, six doors (well, five doors and a window). It was a classic farce, and very well played. I have not seen the original play in English, so cannot say that the translation was necessarily very accurate, but it worked very well on the stage here. It was a very funny piece, and the actors pulled it off very well. Their timing was impeccable, and the fun with disguises and misunderstandings worked well in this performance.

Last night was the final show for this run. It was a good one. There are still lots of plays coming up at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center this season. If you get a chance to see one, you won't be disappointed. You'll be in for a quality performance at a very nice venue.


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