Toned-down drama draws young crowds Drama gets a makeover: A scene with Nguyen Trai, played by actor Huu Chau, before Trai’s untimely death in the drama Bi Mat Vuon Le Chi (The Secret of Le Chi Manor) at IDECAF Theatre in HCM City. (03-06-2007) by Anh Thu For his production of the historical drama, Bi Mat Vuon Le Chi (The Secret of Le Chi Manor), director Thanh Loc simplified the set and costume design, retained the authentic speech used by Vietnamese centuries ago, and demanded that the actors not over-play their roles, as is customary in many local productions. The result: tickets for the next three weeks have sold out. On opening night last weekend, a steady downpour couldn’t keep audiences away from the new play, whose theme revolves around the unjust death of national hero Nguyen Trai, Viet Nam’s great stateman, scholar and poet. Nearly 1,000 people attended the two performances, in which director and artist Thanh Loc, one of the country’s leading actors, performed a minor role. The three-hour tragedy, staged by HCM City’s IDECAF Drama Troupe at its theatre on Le Thanh Ton Street, has been especially popular among students and labourers, a clear indication that the… Read full this story
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