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Stage adaptation of Chinese bestseller garners mixed reviews

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

The drama “Sorry, I’m only a harlot,” based on the novel by Chinese writer Tao Ding, debuted to mixed, though mostly positive reviews at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3.

Actress Ngan Khanh who plays Ha Au and actor Quy Binh who plays her lover Ha Niem Ban, perform in a production of “Sorry, I’m only a harlot” at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City

The play tells the tragic tale of a 16-year-old girl named Ha Au and her mother Boi Ngoc who are the sex slaves of a brutal, rich man. In order to save her own life, the young girl stabs the man to death in the final act.


Audiences applauded actress Ngan Khanh for her portrayal of the naïve Ha Au in the first part of the play, but said she failed overall to convey the deep pain and anguish of the girl.


However, viewers commended actress Lan Phuong who plays Ha Au in the latter part of the drama, saying her performance was emotionally stirring.


Audiences also heaped praise on young actor Quy Binh, who plays the part of Ha Niem Ban – Ha Au’s lover; Tu Trinh who plays the girl’s mother; and Thanh Hoang who plays the man keeping the women as sex slaves.

   Actress Lan Phuong and actor Quy Binh perform onstage

The stage set also received mainly positive feedback for its imposing beauty, but some thought it was over the top and distracted viewers from the raw emotions being portrayed onstage.

 

The play’s three-hour running time, meanwhile, was criticized for being too long and many complained that the sound system was not up to par.


The play attracted many industry insiders, who were eager to see the performance being hailed as a groundbreaking drama with investment of more than VND5 billion (US$250,000) – a long-term investment of the local V.Art Company.


After playing in HCMC on April 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, the drama will be performed in Hanoi and Da Nang before heading to the US.


Following its initial tour, the production will show regularly at the 5B Theater in HCMC.



Related article:

Local company to turn Chinese bestseller into stage drama

Source: SGGP

Stage adaptation of Chinese bestseller garners mixed reviews

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

The drama “Sorry, I’m only a harlot,” based on the novel by Chinese writer Tao Ding, debuted to mixed, though mostly positive reviews at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3.

Actress Ngan Khanh who plays Ha Au and actor Quy Binh who plays her lover Ha Niem Ban, perform in a production of “Sorry, I’m only a harlot” at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City

The play tells the tragic tale of a 16-year-old girl named Ha Au and her mother Boi Ngoc who are the sex slaves of a brutal, rich man. In order to save her own life, the young girl stabs the man to death in the final act.


Audiences applauded actress Ngan Khanh for her portrayal of the naïve Ha Au in the first part of the play, but said she failed overall to convey the deep pain and anguish of the girl.


However, viewers commended actress Lan Phuong who plays Ha Au in the latter part of the drama, saying her performance was emotionally stirring.


Audiences also heaped praise on young actor Quy Binh, who plays the part of Ha Niem Ban – Ha Au’s lover; Tu Trinh who plays the girl’s mother; and Thanh Hoang who plays the man keeping the women as sex slaves.

   Actress Lan Phuong and actor Quy Binh perform onstage

The stage set also received mainly positive feedback for its imposing beauty, but some thought it was over the top and distracted viewers from the raw emotions being portrayed onstage.

 

The play’s three-hour running time, meanwhile, was criticized for being too long and many complained that the sound system was not up to par.


The play attracted many industry insiders, who were eager to see the performance being hailed as a groundbreaking drama with investment of more than VND5 billion (US$250,000) – a long-term investment of the local V.Art Company.


After playing in HCMC on April 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, the drama will be performed in Hanoi and Da Nang before heading to the US.


Following its initial tour, the production will show regularly at the 5B Theater in HCMC.



Related article:

Local company to turn Chinese bestseller into stage drama

Source: SGGP

Asian markets mixed in light holiday trade

In World on December 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

Asian stocks markets were narrowly mixed in dwindling holiday trade Tuesday after Wall Street posted muted gains. The dollar was moderately higher against the euro and yen. Australian shares led the region, its resource-heavy market powered by stronger prices for oil, gold and other commodities in recent days.


Trade was sluggish and thin across much of the region with many investors out for the holidays and unwilling to place bets toward the end of a year marked by tremendous gains in stocks around the world.


The markets seemed to find little inspiration in figures showing holiday sales in the U.S., crucial for Asia’s big export companies, ticked up slightly from last year. The news helped push Wall Street stocks to their sixth straight gain.


In Japan, the Nikkei 225 stock average rose 6.97 points, or 0.1 percent, to 10,641.20. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 12.99 points, or 0.1 percent, to 21,467.23.








Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this September 16, 2009 file photo.

South Korea’s Kospi dropped 1.3 percent to 1,663.47 and China’s Shanghai index lost 0.3 percent to 3,177.82.


Elsewhere, Australia‘s key index rose 1.1 percent to 4,845.1. India’s Sensex gained 0.2 percent and Singapore’s market added 0.2 percent.


Monday in the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average rose 26.98, or 0.3 percent, to 10,547.08, its highest close since Oct. 1, 2008. The Dow transportation average fell 24.37, or 0.6 percent, to 4,163.49.


The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1.3, or 0.1 percent, to 1,127.78, and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 5.39, or 0.2 percent, to 2,291.08.


Oil prices hung below $79 a barrel in Asia, with benchmark crude for February delivery down 11 cents to $78.66. The contract settled up 72 cents at $78.77 on Monday after surging above $79 as an extended cold snap in the U.S. triggered an end-of-year rally in energy futures.


In currencies, the dollar rose to 91.69 yen from 91.62 yen. The euro was lower at $1.4373 from $1.4376.


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Oil mixed in Asia as Iran-Iraq border dispute eases

In World on December 21, 2009 at 4:02 pm









SINGAPORE, Dec 21, 2009 (AFP) – Oil prices were mixed in Asian trade Monday as worries over border tensions between Iran and Iraq eased, and the Christmas holidays kept traders on the sidelines, analysts said.


New York’s main futures contract, light sweet crude for January delivery, shed two cents to 73.34 dollars per barrel.


Brent North Sea crude for February delivery rose 36 cents to 74.11 dollars.


“The markets are taking the news (of the Iran-Iraq border dispute) pretty well. A lot of the trading is going sideways,” said Clarence Chu, an oil trader at Hudson Capital Energy in Singapore.


“Initially there was some nervousness, but now they are not too concerned… We’re getting ready for the holidays and so people are not taking a lot of risks.”


On Friday, Iraq said about a dozen Iranian troops and technicians took control of an oil field inside its territory and raised the Iranian flag there.


Iraq’s government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Sunday the Iranian troops had left the facility after three days although they remain on Iraqi soil. They also took down their flag, he added.


The facility, known as Well 4, lies in disputed territory about 100 metres from the Iranian border, according to Iraqi officials. Iran says the oil well falls within its borders.


Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani said the situation had been blown “out of proportion” and that “the problem has now been contained.”


It was the first serious incident between the two neighbours since the US-led invasion of 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein, whose forces fought a 1980-1988 war against Iran.


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