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October 19, 2011

Fengmaniu Festival Opening Ceremony 风马牛戏剧节开幕式

We had a great time at the opening ceremony for the theater festival (we put together a little skit — day of, of course! — for the opening ceremony). Ted came out in the crow costume (a la Kro’s Pizza – our sponsor, thanks Kro!) and freaked me out and did general little brotherly antics, [...]

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October 17, 2011

Theater: Thrills to shake off the chills

Backstage with Elyse Ribbons: Bringing you a roundup of all the best theater shows this week – because variety is the spice of life. This month we have been graced with rare blue skies and glorious autumnal weather that has me craving apple cider and pumpkin spiced coffees. However, the drop in temperature also brings [...]

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August 21, 2011

Theater: Get in a school daze

Theater: Get in a school daze Backstage with Elyse Ribbons: Bringing you a roundup of all the best theater shows this weekend – because variety is the spice of life. Since it’s now technically autumn in Beijing (liqiu, the start of fall on the Chinese lunar calendar was a couple weeks ago), it’s getting close [...]

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August 5, 2011

Theater: Carnival of romance and revenge

Theater: Carnival of romance and revenge Backstage with Elyse Ribbons: Bringing you a roundup of all the best theater shows this weekend – because variety is the spice of life. While the oppresive heat hasn’t changed its tune in Beijing this week, the theater scene has taken a big turn from the revolutionary themes of [...]

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June 10, 2011

Taking risks in love and marriage

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-06/07/content_12646400.htm By Elyse Ribbons (China Daily) Updated: 2011-06-07 08:03 Backstage with Elyse Ribbons Bringing you a roundup of all the best theater shows this week – because variety really is the spice of life. One of the best things about Beijing’s theater scene is that it has plenty of variety and experimentation. If you’re looking [...]

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June 6, 2011

Wang Fu Jing (the play, not the street)

As you all may know, I have a special place in my heart for The Egg (aka: National Center for Performing Arts) and have already worked on a couple of different projects there. The most ridiculous/fun/exhausting/educational of which was Carmen (the show gets better every year!). However, recently I was over there representing Cheeky Monkey [...]

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May 31, 2011

History, classics and a fresh dash of comedy

(China Daily) Updated: 2011-05-31 07:42 http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-05/31/content_12609341.htm Backstage with Elyse Ribbons Bringing you a roundup of the best theater shows this week – because variety really is the spice of life. This weekend has a couple of treats in store, including several revivals of note and a surprise encore performance of an original avant-garde piece. On [...]

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March 8, 2011

Monkey Showbusiness – Global Times

http://beijing.globaltimes.cn/in-focus/2011-03/631113_3.html Source: Global Times [09:16 March 08 2011] Cheeky Monkey Theater‘s Improv Troupe put their acting skills to the test in their monthly Mandarin improv gig last Thursday at D22, which also celebrated American actor/blogger Elyse Ribbons (top right) 10th “Beijing” anniversary. Elyse and friends performed an improvved version of TieMei’s solo from the Peking [...]

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December 11, 2010

WuForce at Capital M (and afternoon tea)

A couple weeks ago (scary-crazy how quickly time is flying by for me lately… I’d like to think this isn’t just because I’m now 30, but rather because my MFA course schedule + work schedule is ‘crazy bad’ haha) I joined my good friend Mark Levine (and fellow Abigail Washburn fan) to check out the [...]

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October 16, 2010

French Femmes Mansfield TYA at Yugong Yishan

Was excited to see that one of my favorite french bands was playing at Yugong Yishan last week and just had to stop by, and even managed to combine a really good girl chat session with a friend in the vip lounge during the opening set (which was an awful band). Ted also came along, [...]

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