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  • From Caracas to Taipei: The strange world of Ignacio Huang

    From Caracas to Taipei: The strange world of Ignacio Huang

    With Venezuela in the midst of economic and social meltdown, “El Peor Hombre de Mundo (The Worst Man in the World)” might seem about as far removed from the average Caraquenian experience as imaginable. Released at the end of 2016, this corny comedy depicts the travails of a serial philanderer on a trail of redemption. [...]

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  • Let’s get physical: Actor Derek Kwan on the art of mask and clowning

    Let’s get physical: Actor Derek Kwan on the art of mask and clowning

      Derek Kwan (關顯揚)  is a clown. Not in the pejorative sense, and certainly not one of those clowns that have been all over social media recently, scaring the shit out of people. “It’s unfortunate because real clown is about innocence. Essentially it’s your 5-year-old self, which is the best of you. People don’t actually [...]

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  • God of Carnage: timely and provocative theatre at The Lab Space

    God of Carnage: timely and provocative theatre at The Lab Space

      The announcement of an 18-year sentence for Congolese warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba two weeks ago for complicity in mass rape in the Central African Republic hung thick in the air as I took in Butterfly Effect’s production of Yazmin Reza’s God of Carnage at the The Lab Space in Beitou last weekend. Even for those [...]

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  • Eddie the Eagle Lands in Taiwan

    Eddie the Eagle Lands in Taiwan

      The celebrity that Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards achieved in the late 1980s was a very British phenomenon. Sure, he won the hearts of pretty much everyone at the Calgary Olympics in 1988, but support for plucky also-rans and bumbling no-hopers seems hardwired in the British sporting psyche, emanating from the same region that spawns [...]

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  • Opportunity Knocks: Nicaraguan director Jaime Zúñiga makes Taiwan debut with Venus in Fur

    Opportunity Knocks: Nicaraguan director Jaime Zúñiga makes Taiwan debut with Venus in Fur

    My Taipei Times piece (Friday, 15 May) on actor-director Jaime Zúñiga and his production of Venus in Fur running at Taipei National University of the Arts from 15-17 May.  All three performances are already sold out, though you might be able to grab a place on the floor if you show up early.   Jaime Zúñiga takes [...]

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