BERKELEY REP ADDS ANOTHER PERFORMANCE TO EXTENDED RUN OF CHINGLISH

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 – Due to popular demand, Berkeley Repertory Theatre has added yet another performance to its run of Chinglish– which was already extended by two weeks! Tickets are now on sale for Friday, October 5 (and for all other performances), but Chinglish must close on Sunday, October 21. Get tickets now before this hit comedy heads to Hong Kong!

Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge star in Berkeley Rep’s production of Chinglish, a new comedy from David Henry Hwang which heads for Hong Kong shortly after. Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

The West Coast premiere of David Henry Hwang’s popular new play has collected rave reviews:

  • “Hilarious… a near-perfect production,” proclaims the San Francisco Chronicle. “Hwang, a past master of exploring the East-West culture clash – in such gems as M. ButterflyFOB and Trying to Find Chinatown – has written a rich new chapter for a new world order with Chinglish… It’s a tale crisply and handsomely told.”
  • “Hilarious… could well be the funniest show the company has ever produced,” declares the Contra Costa TimesOakland Tribune, and San Jose Mercury News. “The comedy is sharp and intelligent… As for the actors, they are all playing at the top of their game – not only the principals, who are astounding, but also the performers in the smallest roles. It seems each is making remarkable comic decisions to give the entire show a sense of being polished to near perfection.”
  • AsianWeek agrees: “Run to your phone to get your tickets – the day I was there was a sell out with only standing room tickets available. All ages and all ethnicities will enjoy this clever play.”

David Henry Hwang won three Obies and the Tony Award for Best Play with ambitious 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 as he collides with a Communist minister, a bumbling consultant, and a suspiciously sexy bureaucrat. Two-time Obie-winner Leigh Silverman returns to the Roda Theatre to stage the twists in a terrific play she took to Broadway. Love is on the line, and laughter fills the ledger in Chinglish.

The creative team behind the Broadway production of Chinglish reunites for this production, a crew that has collectively won six Tony, five Obie, and seven Hewes Design Awards: David Korins (sets), Anita Yavich (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Darron L West (sound), and Jeff Sugg and Shawn Duan (projections). The bilingual, international cast features Vivian Chiu, Celeste Den, Michelle Krusiec, Austin Ku, Alex Moggridge, Brian Nishii, and Larry Lei Zhang. The assistant director is Oanh X. Nguyen. Chinglish is a co-production with South Coast Repertory, and will be Berkeley Rep’s first export to Asia.

Tickets start at $35. Savings are available for groups, seniors, students, and anyone under 30 years of age – meaning discounted seats can be obtained for as little as $17.50. Or ask about ticket packages: the best prices are available to those who purchaseChinglish with other plays in Berkeley Rep’s season, such as The White Snake from Mary Zimmerman.

The Roda Theatre is located at 2015 Addison Street, near bus lines, bike routes, and parking lots – and only half a block from BART. Fortickets or information, call (510) 647-2949 or simply click berkeleyrep.org.

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