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A city girl's dilemma: money or love

THIS is an urban love story. It is about a city girl's choice between two men, and her choices in love, happiness and the future. Every day, thousands of young ladies in metropolitan cities like Shanghai are facing similar choices.

"Great Expectations," the latest work of renowned Hong Kong theater director Edward Lam, made its debut in the city last night. Lam says that the play is "dedicated to the city Shanghai."

The source of his inspiration is Charles Dickens' novel "Great Expectations," first published in 1860. Lam says Dickens depicted extravagant wealth from the Industrial Revolution, driving ambitions to be wealthy and socially accepted, and social gaps and frictions.

How to deal with sudden wealth is a theme in Lam's "Great Expectations."

Bao Bei and her boyfriend Xiao Gui are work partners and their job is to act like a perfect couple at marketing events such as auto shows and real estate exhibitions, impressing potential customers with their happiness and material contentment.

However, in real life, despite the fact that they are dependent on each other, both believe they deserve a better other-half.

One day, Bao Bei meets Mo Xi, a handsome young architect who falls in love with her at first sight. To woo her, he builds her a big, beautiful house - something Xiao Gui would never be able to afford. Overjoyed, Bao Bei moves into the house, only to find that she could never truly win Mo Xi's heart, or truly love him. She is nothing but a beautiful piece of furniture.

"Adult people tend to think happiness is a complicated state, because they have yet to figure out what they are looking for in life," Lam says.

Many people think that they have to have money, a beautiful house and a luxurious car to be happy. "However, it's time to ask ourselves, do they really represent happiness? Do you really need them, or do you need them because society and people around you think you need them?" he questions.

Written by Taiwan director/actress Sylvia Chang, the play stars famous Malaysian Chinese actress/singer Angelica Lee, and young Taiwan actors David Wang and Tony Yang. After the Shanghai debut, it will tour Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province at the end of the month.

Date: through July 25, 7:15pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tel: 962-388

Tickets: 100-500 yuan


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