Chinglish, a new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication
which had its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, makes its way to
Broadway's Longacre Theatre. Gary Wilmes makes his Broadway debut as Daniel
Cavanaugh, an Ohio businessman sent overseas to direct the operations of a
sign company. Chicago company member Jennifer Lim returns as Xi Yan, a
captivating Chinese government official and Stephen Pucci reprises his role
as Peter Timms, an Australian interpreter. Written by Tony Award winner
David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), the show is performed in English
and Mandarin with English surtitles projected. Obie Award winner Leigh
Silverman (From Up Here, Well) directs.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.