Chinglish


Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:00PM

Chinglish
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Written by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Leigh Silverman
A co-production with South Coast Repertory
Main Season | Roda Theatre
August 24–October 21, 2012
West Coast Premiere

The play

David Henry Hwang won three Obies and the Tony Award for Best Play with popular scripts like M. Butterfly and FOB. Now he’s back with a canny comedy of cross-cultural errors. In Chinglish, an American businessman heads to Asia to score a lucrative contract for his family’s firm—but the deal isn’t the only thing getting lost in translation when he collides with a Communist minister, a bumbling consultant and a suspiciously sexy bureaucrat. Two-time Obie-winner Leigh Silverman returns to Berkeley Rep to stage the twists in a terrific play she took to Broadway. Love is on the line, and laughter fills the ledger in Chinglish.

Please note: Chinglish includes supertitles. The show also includes brief strobe effects and smoking. If you have questions about the show’s content, please contact the box office.

The buzz

“Hilarious…This well-made comedy takes a poignant view of the profound isolation and terrible vulnerability of people who are lost without their native language.”— Variety

“One of the funniest plays in memory…There’s sex, heartache, even a bit of song and dance…Chinglish manages the neat trick of being about issues, yet populated with real humans while consistently funny. I haven’t heard an audience laugh that much in years.”— Chicago Sun-Times

“Thrilling…Hwang has built a bilingual farce about mistranslation that explores the cultural differences between China and America using two languages, and then layered a love story on top of it to illustrate the divide…The result is a thoughtful, funny and poignant piece.”—Associated Press

“One of the three best plays of the year!”— Time Magazine

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To avoid the lines at intermission, pre-order your cocktails with concessions before the performance begins.

Groups of 10 or more save $5+ per ticket. Click for information or call Cari Turley at 510 647-2918.

The 2012/13 Berkeley Rep season

Chinglish • beginning Aug 24
An Iliad • beginning Oct 12
The White Snake • beginning Nov 9
Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright • beginning Jan 4
Fallaci • beginning Mar 8
Pericles, Prince of Tyre • beginning Apr 12
Dear Elizabeth • beginning May 12

A special non subscription event

The Wild Bride • Jan 26 - Feb 17