'The Big Meal' celebrates life's many flavors

Zhu Ying
The stage drama, to be performed in Shanghai as part of the Hong Kong Culture Week, follows five generations of an ordinary family across 54 meals.
Zhu Ying

The stage drama “The Big Meal” will be performed at Theater Above from Friday to Sunday during the Hong Kong Culture Week, which is part of the annual Shanghai International Arts Festival.

Produced by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, the drama is adapted from Dan LeFranc’s work of the same name. It had its world premiere in Chicago in 2011 and its Off-Broadway premiere in 2012.

The story follows five generations of an ordinary family across 54 meals. Like a roller-coaster ride, “The Big Meal” brings out the many flavors of life — from sweet to bitter, sour to spicy.

"This drama discusses the great number of things one does in his or her lifetime, including the extension of life through a new generation, who then in turns extends the family further with another generation," said Anthony Chan, translator and director of the show in an earlier interview.

"Although the drama was written in the West, the subject of love for one’s family is universal."

Performance detail

Date: November 8-9, 7:30pm; November 10, 2:30pm
Ticket: 80-480 yuan
Tel: 6272-0455
Venue: Theater Above
Address: 5/F, 1111 Zhaojiabang Rd

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