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Plays about love and lady DJs

The stage at Shanghai Drama Arts Theater has been turned into a radio DJ studio these days, where "Go Go One by One," a light comedy adapted from a Chinese best-seller is being "broadcast" live every night.

Adapted from Wang Yun's novel "Watch out the S Girls," the play features radio DJ Zhou Yiyi (yi means one), a happy single woman in her late 20s, her friends and colleagues. It follows her navigating the shoals of office policies using her wits and unexpectedly meeting "Mr Right."

According to producer Liang Xinyu, the term "S girls" refers to a growing number of women in metropolitan cities like Shanghai, who are single, sexy, independent and materialistic.

"It is hard to win their hearts," he says. "However, sometimes they can also be very fragile, especially when facing pressures from both work and the people around them. I know quite a few 'S girls' in real life and I feel I can speak for them."

During the play, leading characters walk off the stage to interact with the audience and distribute gifts. Some of the actors are real DJs and will also perform songs written specially for the play.

"I hope this play will bring laughs and hope to young people," Liang adds. "It is a play created for them to release pressures."

Meanwhile, another play, based on Irish writer Cecelia Ahern's best-seller "P.S. I Love You," also talks about the love and life of a young female DJ, Si Xiaomeng, who, however, loses her husband all of a sudden.

Like many young couples, Si and her husband Lu Fei are deeply in love but fight from time to time, until Lu dies suddenly of cancer and Si realizes how much he meant to her. She is distraught, but her friends and family try to force the young widow to face the future. When they gather at her apartment, a cake is delivered, and on it is a letter from Lu.

It is the first of a few more letters from Lu, all ending with, "P.S. I love you," that he had arranged to be delivered to her after his death. Each message encourages her and helps her gain confidence to live and love again.

"It is a pure love story," says director Han Qing, a woman in her 20s. "I was deeply touched by the namesake Hollywood movie when I watched it a few years ago. Most plays today discuss on complicated love stories, but this one is different."

The play features original music created by famous Taiwan songwriter A Guai. The leading character will be played by renowned young actress Yang Rui.

"Go Go One by One"

Date: through April 25, 7:30pm (closed on Mondays)

Tickets: 120-150 yuan

Tel: 6473-0123

"P.S. I Love You"

Date: through April 18, 7:30pm (closed on Monday)

Tickets: 120-280 yuan

Tel: 1521-6725-635

Venue: ShanghaiDrama Arts Theater,288 Anfu Rd


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