Chinglish

June 18 – July 31, 2011 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours

A world premiere

From the award-winning author of M. Butterfly, Chinglish is an uproarious new comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are worlds apart from our own.

A Midwestern American businessman who's desperately looking to score a lucrative contact for his family's sign-making firm travels to China only to learn how much he doesn't understand: his translators are unreliable, his consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xu, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk—but what is she saying, anyway? From the acclaimed author of M. Butterfly. See it now before it heads to New York!

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    Daniel Cavanaugh (James Waterston) gives a lecture on the relationship between American and Chinese business.

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    Xu Yan (Jennifer Lim) meets with Daniel (James Waterston) to further discuss his business proposal.

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    Vice Minister Xu Yan (Jennifer Lim) is unimpressed and skeptical of the Daniel's business proposal being presented.

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    Peter (Stephen Pucci) offers himself as a business consultant to help Daniel (James Waterston) pitch his signage company in China.

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    (center) Miss Qian (Angela Lin) struggles to translate a business plan between (l to r) Peter (Stephen Pucci), Daniel (James Waterston), Minister Cai Guoliang (Larry Zhang) and Vice Minister Xu Yan (Jennifer Lim).

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    Daniel (James Waterston) presents Minister Cai (Larry Zhang) with his business card after their first meeting.

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    Zhao (Christine Lin) translates between (l to r) Judge Xu Geming (Johnny Wu), Prosecutor Li (Angela Lin), Daniel (James Waterston) and Xu Yan (Jennifer Lim).

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    Xu Yan (Jennifer Lim) makes an interesting discovery during a secret rendezvous at a nearby hotel.

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    Judge Xu Geming (Johnny Wu) and his wife Xu Yan (Jennifer Lim) pose with one another for the press.

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    Zhao (Christine Lin) translates during a business meeting.

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    Peter (Stephen Pucci) confronts Xu Yan (Jennifer Lim) and Daniel (James Waterston).

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    Peter (Stephen Pucci) offers himself as a business consultant to help Daniel (James Waterston) pitch his signage company in China.

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