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click to enlarge Christine Bunuan and Scott Shimizu in Wild Boar

Christine Bunuan and Scott Shimizu in Wild Boar

Airan Wright

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 17 2017
Price: $35
I'm not trying to be funny here—something really seems to have been lost in translation. Written in Chinese by Candace Chong, rendered into English by Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, and then "adapted" by no less a talent than David Henry Hwang, this 2012 work has everything it needs for political suspense: a kidnapped professor, a crusading publisher, a tormented reporter with a sexy secret, and an epically corrupt real estate deal, all set in a present-day Hong Kong, where democratic notions chafe against Chinese autocracy. But every atom of intrigue gets buried in glacial scenes full of bloated, illustrative dialogue and didactic overkill. Potentially interesting affinities with (oddly enough) Roman Polanski's Chinatown and the novels of English fantasy writer China Miéville get scattered to the winds. Helen Young's staging is ungainly, though Anthony Churchill contributes sharp projections; worse, it lacks the erotic spark without which nothing makes sense.
—Tony Adler



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