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'Dog' comedy to end in Taiwan following China runs

2012/05/09 23:13:00

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) A play about a relationship-wrecking dog, set in a modern city and featuring Taiwanese pop singer Jeff Chang, has completed its tour of China and will have its final run in Taiwan this year, its director Kuo Tzu said Wednesday.

The play, adapted from "Sylvia" by American playwright A. R. Gurney, revolves around a humanized dog named Sylvia, who threatens the failing relationship of the couple that adopted it.

The play also stars Hsiao Ai and Lin Chia-li, both winners of Taiwan's Golden Bell Award for TV shows.

Starting in July, the play will be staged in Chiayi, Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung and will be given a special twist specifically for Taiwanese audiences, Kuo said at a promotional press conference in Taipei.

"I'd like to bare the stage and let the audience experience every changing moment by not dimming the lights as one scene shifts to another," Kuo said.

He also said he hopes the audience will relax and not get too emotionally involved in the show.

"There are a lot of things that people do not need to be too serious about, since things in the world are constantly changing and are often not what they seem," he said.

The play, produced by Taipei Story Theatre, has had 36 runs in 17 Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou since 2009.

(By Chang Ming-kun, Hsieh Ya-chu and Scully Hsiao)
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