Category Archives: Drama

Ode to Joy Explores Modern Society Through Five Women

The popular TV series Ode to Joy recently concluded its run on Tencent Video and Dragon TV. The series described modern topics from female perspectives through stories of urban romance. But Ode to Joy was not a typical work of love: it was a...


The 38th Parallel Offers TV’s Salute to Volunteer Army

In accordance with President Xi Jinping’s instructions to create literary and artistic works that “inspire patriotism,” China is preparing to unveil The 38th Parallel, its first televised take on the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea. The show stars Zhang Guoqiang, Wang...


Shanghainese TV Neuters Itself to Survive

China’s prime time – the “Badiandang” – runs from 8 pm to midnight. For those four hours, most people are returning home from work and turning on the TV to relax. A decade ago, the prime time period was dominated by dramas set in...


Kangsi Says Goodbye to Viewers

Kangsi Coming, one of Taiwan’s longest airing variety talk shows, has finally gone off the air. On October 16, Kevin Tsai announced he was quitting the show to make some changes in his life. His co-host Dee Hsu announced she would quit if Tsai...


Art Theater Show Challenges Actors to Swap Genders

Cross-Casting, a new drama from Beijing People’s Art Theatre, uses cross-gender acting to tell about a story of the Republican Era through the lens of modern times. While rehearsing for a period play that pits a kidnapper against a schoolteacher, the actors of an...


Stage Show Aimed to Heal the Taiwan Strait

Wu Nianzhen, widely known as Taiwan’s finest storyteller, is bringing his classic work Midnight Taipei to the mainland for the first time. Few drama enthusiasts on either side of the Taiwan Strait are found unfamiliar with Wu’s work. Hailed as the “soul of Taiwanese...


Empresses Make the Jump from Palace to Stage

After five years of staggering popularity and constant replay on TV, The Legend of Zhen Huan is heading for Beijing’s stage as a Shaoxing Opera. Adapted from the Web novel of the same title, the story is focused on the schemes of the Yongzheng...


Stan Lai’s Marathon Dream Machine Back on the Stage

There’s a lot you could do with eight hours: you could fly from Beijing to Moscow, watch the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games or go skydiving. Or you could watch a drama. Stan Lai, one of the most prestigious theatre directors...


Danggui Follows the Family Struggles of a Beipiao

In a sea of comedies and romantic dramas, Danggui is a rare play that pays special attention to the living conditions of modern youth. The name, which literally means “returning home,” is Studio Xijuxinxiang’s unflinching look at life as a beipiao. Danggui follows Meng...


Urban Fable Captures the Essence of Modern Love

Idealism and romance are favorite themes of the stage, and Huashiruqi is no exception. The new play is a story of confusion and struggle in the face of love and betrayal. Helen is an office lady who enjoys a stable relationship with her boyfriend....