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Midnight Love Club for urban youth
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09:02, July 10, 2009

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A new stage play which opens in Beijing next week will attempt to reflect life after dark in the bars and clubs of metropolitan cities everywhere.

Midnight Love Club is where young urban professionals go to relax and escape the confusion of their modern, hectic lives with both friends and staff.

And as in real life, love and marriage are often the main topic of conversation.

This original drama features several characters, each with entirely different personalities and attitudes toward life. Stressed out white-collar office workers let off steam from their high-pressure careers while mingling with slakcers and the perpetually jobless.

To marry or not to marry is the question, with some believing marriage is merely a path to the death of love while others in the club long for the stability of married life.

The drama attempts to delve deep into the psyche of young city dwellers and expose the angst that riddles their daily existence, as they try to simultaneously juggle their relationships and affairs of the heart.

Stylish performers featured in the drama Midnight Love Club.(Global Times Photo)

“The audience should be able to easily relate their lives with those of the characters. They might stop and think, ‘hey wait, that is me’,” said the play’s director, Huang Kai.

Different from traditional dramas, the production switches scenes rapidly to illustrate the complicated relationships between the characters.

The set design is also innovative and eye-catching. Blue lights, fish bones and little streams create a feeling one is in an underwater world, while other stage settings create a feeling of longing and nostalgia.

“I wanted to create a surreal atmosphere on the stage, while at the same time making it appear like a night club,” said Bian Wentong, the producer and stage designer.
Midnight Love Club will be staged in Beijing’s Eastern Pioneering Theater from July 14 to August 2 and then in Shanghai’s Lyceum Theatre from August 7 to 16.

Source: Global Times

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