January 11 — February 9
On the Main Stage
By David Henry Hwang
Directed by May Adrales
An American businessman heads to Asia to score a lucrative contract for his family’s firm—but the deal isn’t the only thing getting lost in translation when he collides with a Communist minister, a bumbling consultant and a suspiciously sexy bureaucrat. Hilarity ensues in this new comedy by Hwang, award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly and Golden Child.
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Select Thursday matinees at noon.
View our Season Calendar for a full list of performances and dates.
The running time for Chinglish is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.
Herbal cigarettes are used onstage in this production.
Note: Most productions at PCS are recommended for high school age and up; children under 6 are not permitted. Chinglish is recommended for ages 16+; mature content, language and sexuality.
Read the cast and creative team bios.
View the Chinglish playbill*.
*Mark Tynan will be the Stage Manager for Chinglish.
Learn more about accessibility options at PCS.
Reviews and Features
Bob Hicks | Oregon ArtsWatch [Review 23 Jan 2014]
“The show, directed by May Adrales, is as smooth as its revolving scene changes, capturing a brittle and deftly timed presentational comic edge in its performances and navigating the tricky shoals of its bilingual text (about a quarter of the dialogue is in Mandarin, with English supertitles) without an apparent hitch. It plays perfectly easily for English speakers. And for Mandarin speakers? I don’t know: like Daniel, and most Americans, I don’t speak a word of Mandarin. That, after all, is part of Hwang’s point.”
Read the full review here.
Rebecca Jacobson | Willamette Week [Review 23 Jan 2014]
“A snappy comedy of linguistic and cultural confusion, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is ready-made for anyone who’s ever traveled abroad ... It’s a very neat play about a very tangled subject, and director May Adrales’ production at Portland Center Stage, with its whirling scenery, crisp performances and brisk pace, is solid.”
Read the full review here.
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04 February 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge
Bling, Swag and Welding: Lead Props Artisan Rachel Peterson Schmerge on constructing a custom six foot chandelier for Chinglish.More
27 January 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge
Our ASL Interpreter and Coordinator, Dot Hearn, guest blogs on the challenges behind interpreting Chinglish - a play in two languages with projected translations.More
23 January 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge
For this ThrowBack Thursday Blog, we’ll take a look at our 1990 production of David Henry Hwang’s groundbreaking work, M. Butterfly.More