A scene from Meng Jinghui’s adaptation of Lao She’s epic “Teahouse,” as seen at Avignon.
Photo courtesy of the Avignon Theatre Festival
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Since it premiered July 9, a challenging new version of a classic Chinese play has seen dozens of people walk out. As staged at the Avignon festival, the set features a huge 4-ton wheel, symbolizing history crushing the Chinese people. Lao She's epic "Teahouse," recounting the tumultuous first five decades of the 20th century through three generations of a Chinese family, was one of Avignon's most hotly anticipated shows.One of the first victims of the Cultural Revolution, Lao is a mythic figure in Chinese theater.Lao's characters were "strong individualists," said the director, who sees a "deep link" with Chinese society today.
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