Theater Movement Bazaar (TMB), one of Los Angeles’ most popular drama troupes, is making its first tour of China with its play Anthony’s Uncle.
The troupe performed its first Chinese show in Beijing on October 29.
Anthony’s Uncle is based on Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a classic play about occupants of a country estate who are frustrated by a stuffy professor and his second wife.
TMB’s show continues the spirit of the original work, but twists it by removing the female characters. The new story created by Tina Kronis and Richard Alger shows four men wrestling with unsatisfied desires and groping for meaning in their lives.
The play gets its energy from its contradictory characters, each of whom comes from a very different background.
TMB expands upon the drama with poetry, dance, music and humor aimed at modern audiences. When Vanya tries to shoot the professor, his gun fires a “Bang!” flag. It also has plenty of great lines like, “The word is full of fools. If you don’t believe me, look in the mirror.”
Anthony’s Uncle won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Award and Edinburgh Arts Festival Award for Outstanding Drama.