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By David Saperstein, George Samerjan

It's the main superb time of the yr for some--and the worst for others. yet in the center of each Christmas, lies a unique shock for everyone...

Christmas Eve morning at a crowded airport threatens to turn into Christmas Day while a heavy snow fall waylays 5 strangers on their strategy to Asheville, North Carolina. Marta's touring with young ones and the load of a sour divorce on her shoulders...Andy, a widower and Vietnam vet, reminisces on the airport bar while he notices the presence of a feminine soldier...Specialist Ilena is on depart from Iraq, fraught with guilt approximately leaving her comrades...Reggie, a laid-off meeting employee, contemplates his doubtful future...and filthy rich businessman John is via the premature loss of life of his high-powered, workaholic father.

As the tourists think about their lives, a brand new problem quickly arises: their airplane is grounded. yet within the spirit of the season, a great samaritan deals to force them to Asheville. Then her van will get caught on a snowy road--and the true trip starts off for an not likely workforce who've extra in universal than meets the attention as they embark on a mystical passage that may convey them the real that means of Christmas...

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When modern Chinese spoken drama first appeared, it quickly adopted Western verbal playwriting techniques and the concepts of a realistic theatre through translations. Acting remained a serious problem for performers because the “life-like” acting in a verbal play was very different from China’s own stylized xiqu expressed by song and dance. It was not until the late 1930s when Stanislavski was introduced to China through English translation that actors found a reliable acting method, yet it was still from writing rather than from hands-on experience.

Thus, Pu turns external and visible movements of physical communion into inner, invisible acts of psychological communion. In this way, Lin Zhaohua manages to present the meaning of dialogue in the play but not its interpersonal relationship. 7 However, when it is used as the major means of acting throughout the play, reality becomes imagination. Stanislavski’s method of creating a realistic external world turns out, in Lin’s hands, to be an approach to the surreal style of the production. Further to the “turning physical communion into psychological communion,” Lin requests actors to “turn dialogue into narration” and this is a more interior approach for actors to the dramatic action.

As a result, while the production produced some stunning images, the set dwarfed the actors’ performance that already suffered from inadequate script editing. CH A P T ER 2 Lin Zhaohua’s Innovation of Huaju Acting in The Master Builder LIN Wei-yu In 2006, an unusual, static production—Lin Zhaohua’s The Master Builder —appeared on the huaju stage. At the beginning of the performance, low lighting from one side of the stage reveals to the audience a minimalist design with only a single red chair and side table in the middle.

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