By Beatrice Lee, bostonese.com, photos by John Tsou
All new programs started in September and we reviewers have been very busy in the theatrical world. Being an independent IRNE reviewer, I could go to see a new show every single night this month but still won’t be able to cover all. By the end of the month that I still won’t be able to finish …..
A scene from the Chinese opera during the Goodwill Mission show, photo credit: John Tsou.
Phyllis and I went to see the Taiwanese Goodwill Mission at Regis College and it was much better than I had expected. I like the Chinese Orchestra better than anything else. They were expert for sure.
I was happy at the second row center VIP section. Behind the Taiwan officials, the local “politicians” and the so called “social climbers”.
We sat next to Wei-San and Tony Chen , the head organizers of Beijing Opera and “Taipei -Tokyo ” owner , this year’s TAIWAN BUSINESS ASSO’s Jim Ling, the terminus guy, Roger Tsai and the VIP big shot architect , Ben Wang and his wife were at the same row with us. I was kind of upset they didn’t let the Yi-wen young girls in. She had just as much right like others to sit there. Just because she was not from Taiwan and not “pushy enough”. I would have been insisted on sitting there. Too bad.
The programs were great, The English translations were not good at all. I know the person was nervous, and they couldn’t afford a professional one but they should pick some young people who could do a lot better than that person last night.
I was really embarrassed about that translation, just because she had donated some money and got the job “on stage”and did a undesirable job. Many friends have agreed with me. The worst part was she had translated “the ladders into stairs and steps.” If I didn’t get it, no one would had gotten it. After I told the “head”, the big shot, the response was even more ridiculous. “You expect me to donate more money? You must be kidding.”
After I got home, this story I heard about that 911 matter in the last row from Bewah. I was even more upset. How could you run the program without security such as that? Regis and the organization would have a large lawsuit on their hand if something had happened to that woman that night.