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Local stages set for three top plays

THREE dramas will be presented on stages in the city this week, including David Auburn's Broadway work "Proof," "Total Women" by Stan Lai and local production "Single's Apartment."

The Chinese version of Auburn's classic play is directed by Zhou Xiaoqian and stars Xu Chengxian, Wu Jingwei and Song Yining.

The play centers around Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness.

Catherine cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office.

The play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally, and her desperate attempts to stay in control.

The play originally produced by the Manhattan Theater Club in May 2000 went to Broadway in October in the same year.

Tonight at the Shanghai Grand Theater, modern drama "Single's Apartment" will be staged again to mark its 10th anniversary. Performed by Shanghai Modern People's Theater, it was the first drama about Chinese white collar workers.

The story takes place in an apartment where four young people live together. Romance always comes with upset and confusion of love. Their attitudes toward love reflect the views of love of the young people in the city.

"Total Women" by outstanding Taiwanese drama director Stan Lai comes to Shanghai again after two previous successes. This 120-minute all-female drama gathers big-name actresses such as Fang Fang and Yang Ting.

As the latest in Lai's crosstalk-styled drama series, the play focuses on women's frustrations about their lives, jobs and relationships, and shows their concern and wisdom about social problems.

? "Single's Apartment"

Date: July 5-17, 7:30pm

Venue: Studio Theater of Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 People's Ave

Tickets: 120 yuan

Tel: 962-388

? "Proof"

Date: July 7-24, 7:30pm

Venue: Drama Salon of Shanghai Drama Arts Theater, 466 Jiangning Rd

Tickets: 180-580 yuan

Tel: 962-388

? "Total Women"

Date: July 8-9, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Drama Arts Theater, 288 Anfu Rd

Tickets: 100 yuan, 150 yuan

Tel: 962-388


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