After the play...
"The girl is so pitiful. *sob, sob*. Guys are always like that, never stay true for one girl."
Looks like the crowds are getting emotional over the play. People here seem to know the play very well. One grandma even told me she had been here every night since the play started. Looks like we got an avid supporter here.
Stage play in opera is not difficult to understand. The roles in the Peking and all other Chinese operas, although immensely varied, are generally divided into four classes: males (sh'eng), females (tan), villains (ch'ing) and clowns (ch'ou). Within each class there are further subdivisions: dignified old men, young warriors, old warriors, flirtatious young women, virtuous young women, virtuous married women and so on. The most interesting of ch'ing or villainous characters are the da-hua-nian, whose name literally means "flowery face" who wear extraordinary ornate and brilliant make-up which has a mask-like effect.
The characters of Wayang
|Aren't we pretty?|
Looks like the show has finished since all the people around me had disappeared. Looks like I missed a lot of the show.