Local audiences are in for a treat with some good laughs, as four comedies produced by veteran comedian Chen Peisi and his company Dadao Culture will tour in Shenzhen later this year.
Chen himself will star in historical comedy “The Stage”; his son Chen Dayu will star in “The Shill”; actor Bai Yu will lead in crime comedy “The House”; and “The Balcony” will star former Beijing TV host Wang Xudong.
The 64-year-old Chen made his theater debut with “The Shill” in 2001, which ran 120 nights in nearly 50 Chinese cities. His 2004 comedy “The Balcony” ran more than 150 nights. He launched “The Stage” in 2015, which toured to Shenzhen in its second year. “The House,” first launched in 2010, was Chen’s attempt at an open-ended comedy inviting interaction from the audience.
In the new production of “The Shill,” 28-year-old Chen Dayu acts as the manager of a dating agency that hires pretty girls to pose as registered clients to lure customers. One of the girls is in fact Chen’s girlfriend. When a self-proclaimed returned overseas Chinese businessman signs up with his matchmaking agency and becomes interested in Chen’s girlfriend, things begin to spin out of control.
“The Balcony” tells the story of labor contractor Old Mu, who is heavily in debt. In a desperate attempt to get his overdue payment back, Mu threatens suicide by jumping off a tall building. Falling by accident onto the balcony belonging to corrupt official Hou, Mu discovers Hou has been hoarding huge volumes of bribes and embezzled money and keeping a secret lover.
Set in China in the early 20th century, “The Stage” stars the senior Chen as the head of a Beijing opera troupe, who is to stage three nights of shows in collaboration with a big-shot singer. Unexpected scenarios, however, continue to pop up, such as when the big-shot singer turns out to be a drug user and gangsters break in to extort money. Then, a warlord who is an avid fan of Beijing opera wants to change the plotline of the show.
The first half of “The House” introduces the audience to a murder case that occurs in an ancient family home, while in the second half, audiences are invited to raise questions and find out the true culprit among several suspects, each with their own motives and secrets.
Time: 8 p.m., Oct. 13-14 (“The Stage”), 24-25 (“The Shill”), Nov. 20 (“The Balcony”), 28-29 (“The House”)
Tickets: 180-1,280 yuan
Venue: Shenzhen Poly Theater, intersection of Wenxin Road 5 and Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District (南山区后海滨路与文心五路交界处深圳保利剧院)
Metro: Line 2 or 11 to Houhai Station (后海站), Exit E