Mr. Shi And His Lover 《時先生與他的情人》
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Jordan Cheng and Derek Kwan deliver stunningly sung, highly nuanced performances in this contemporary original musical, the first Chinese language production ever presented at SummerWorks.

“NNNN”

– Debbie Fein-Goldbach, NOW Toronto

…a mesmerising, slow dance with what it means to wish for more than whatever crumbs fate has decided to toss our way.

– John Terauds, Musical Toronto

… we were blown away by the virtuosity on stage in Mr. Shi And His Lover

… consistently riveting

– Steve Fisher, Torontoist

At SummerWorks 2016, NOW Toronto listed this production among their favourite shows in numerous categories, including:

  • Outstanding New Play
  • Outstanding Production
  • Outstanding Direction
  • Outstanding Ensemble

“This startlingly beautiful piece, performed entirely in Mandarin, is a rare opportunity to access a company from Macau in a very ambitious collaboration with Njo Kong Kie.” – Michael Rubenfeld

Inspired by the real-life story of a Chinese opera performer and his French Diplomat lover who believed him to be a woman – this intimate musical theatre performance illuminates their enigmatic affair and the ensuing espionage scandal that rocked the political world. Stylistically varied and emotionally rich, the score takes its inspirations from opera, musicals, and vintage pop from both East and West.

This production is a collaboration between Macao playwright Wong Teng Chi, director Johnny Tam and Toronto composer Njo Kong Kie (Infinity, Volcano/Tarragon; knotty together and La Señorita Mundo, SummerWorks; Picnic in the Cemetery, Edinburgh Fringe). Featuring an international cast and performed entirely in Mandarin with English surtitles, this evocative production will stir your heart with its humanity and deep propensity for understanding. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to catch this contemporary work from Macao, praised by the Taiwanese press as “gentle and elegant, yet possesses a determination that dares to dream”. Come revel in the beauty, passion and rich storytelling of modern Chinese Theatre.

I’m so excited to announce two new dates for this production for 2017-2018. We are returning to Toronto and then performing in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre! See details below:

Tarragon Theatre presents:

Mr. Shi and His Lover
《時先生與他情人》
A Macau Experimental Theatre/Music Picnic/Point View Art Association Production
text by Wong Teng Chi; music by Njo Kong Kie

November 7- December 17, 2017
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

Featuring: Jordan Cheng, Derek Kwan, and Njo Kong Kie
Musical direction by Njo Kong Kie
Directed by Johnny Tam

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National Arts Centre English Theatre Presentation:

Mr. Shi and His Lover
《時先生與他情人》
A Macau Experimental Theatre/Music Picnic/Point View Art Association Production
text by Wong Teng Chi; music by Njo Kong Kie

January 3-13, 2018
National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Featuring: Jordan Cheng, Derek Kwan, and Njo Kong Kie
Musical direction by Njo Kong Kie
Directed by Johnny Tam

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Previous Performances

SummerWorks presents:

Mr. Shi and His Lover
《時先生與他情人》
Produced by Music Picnic, Macau Experimental Theatre and Point View Art Association
text by Wong Teng Chi; music by Njo Kong Kie

August 5-13, 2016
The Theatre Centre, Mainspace, Toronto

Featuring: Jordan Cheng, Derek Kwan, Carol Wang and Njo Kong Kie
Musical direction by Njo Kong Kie
Directed by Johnny Tam
Stage managed by Luby Lam
Subtitle Operated by Bobo Leong