Love's Comedy

Fu Ke was lately dismissed by university and Si Fanxi was reading her postgraduate studies. Their loving relationship was strongly opposed by Si’s mother . Lin De, a friend of Fu Ke, was planning to be a volunteer teacher in Yunnan (Southwestern China) after graduation, but after falling in love with Si Anna, Si’s sister, he gradually changed his mind. Lin decided not to go teaching but to stay to purchase property and get married. Si’s Mother invited both couples to a Nong Jia Le for weekend and introduced some of her friends to the young couples. They are Mr. Shi, a single middle age businessman, Teacher Cao a happily wedded man, and Si Di Fu a young civil servant. Fu Ke and Si Fanxi were planning to elope soon, but after this meeting with Mrs. Si’s friends, they started to diverge in their ideas. A month later, Si Fanxi announced that she would end her loving relationship and accept Mr. Shi’s marriage proposal. Fuke left alone to volunteer in Yunnan.

Devised by RMYTHEATRE based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Ren Ming Young
Cast: Wen Ming, Mi Le, Ge Changcheng, Wang Hailin, Ren Ming, Wu Zi and Zhang Haolun
Presented by RMYTHEATRE
Supported by Ibsen International and Ibsen in China
Produced by Li Huizi

Running time: 100 mins

Love’s Comedy is one of Henrik Ibsen’s early works. This commonly obliviated text is in fact very intriguing not only for its linguistic and structural achievements, but more for its thematic freshness relevant to contemporary societies. His description of how individuals struggle to make choices in circles of interpersonal relations and are frequently swallowed by different value systems is indeed the everyday struggle of contemporary beings. In particular, its lively language and aphoristic speeches further accentuate its theme about “youth puzzle”.
To stage this play in a contemporary Chinese context creates even richer meanings, for we are indeed situated in a transitional age where different values and social groups are clashing/killing each other yet interdependent on each other. And Ibsen’s depiction of how young people often realize and debate (between them and within oneself) about this struggle between realistic and idealistic take on life is a typical sketch of freshers around us.

Supported by Ibsen International and Ibsen in China
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