Lao She's political satire returns to stage

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An acclaimed production of Lao She's satire "Looking West to Chang'an" will return to the stage of the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) from Feb. 28 to March 10, as a tribute to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

"Looking West to Chang'an" is a five-act satire based on the first political fraud case in the history of the People's Republic of China. It depicts a nobody who swindles his way through bureaucracy to take official positions, later being found out.

In the play, the protagonist forges his resume, takes other's identity, and claims to be a "combat hero." Using his cunning, he wanders in several cities, obtaining trust of many and gaining important government positions.

The play was first staged by the former China Youth Art Theater in 1956. This NCPA production made its debut in September 2017.

In the latest version, the leading male character will be played by Miao Fu, a popular artist of Xiangsheng, also known as crosstalk, instead of a drama actor.

Lao She (1899-1966) was a celebrated Chinese novelist and dramatist, best known for his novels "Rickshaw Boy" and "Four Generations under One Roof," and the play "Teahouse."

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