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'Chinglish' review or 'I will only say this once.'

Chinglish - David Henry Hwang
Park Theatre, 28th March 2017
Written for Time Out 

American entrepreneur Daniel Cavanaugh is trying to land a big business deal in China. Daniel runs a small family signage company – or, in the words of a Chinese translator: ‘His firm is tiny and insignificant.’ This is going to be tough. How to conduct business in a country where contracts mean nothing, relationships mean everything and almost anything meaningful is lost in translation?David Henry Hwang’s comedy of cultures, 'Chinglish', is thoughtful and sharply observed. Andrew Keates’s pacey production – played out against Tim McQuillen’s wooden pane puzzle set – feels enjoyably bonkers. As Daniel (Gyuri Sarossy) attempts to secure a deal with the Minister of Culture (Lobo Chan), he struggles to communicate. The local translator is woefully inept and Daniel’s consultant, the bumbling and British Peter Timms (Duncan Harte), seems more interested in talking opera than business opportunities.Direct…

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