January 11 — February 9, 2014
On the U.S. Bank 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.

Performance times:
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.

Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

PCS Props Wizardy: A Custom-Built Crystal Chandelier

PCS Props Wizardy: A Custom-Built Crystal Chandelier

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.


Signing “Chinglish”: A Translation of a Translation of a Translation

28 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.


Throwback Thursday: “M. Butterfly”

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.



Art and photography for Chinglish. View on Flickr »

Reviews and Features

Bob Hicks | Oregon ArtsWatch [Review 24 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 24 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.

Gigi Little | ut omnia bene [Review 23 Jan 2014]

“what I took away from Portland Center Stage’s production of Chinglish - beyond the rip-roaring good time - is the notion that, when people come together and try to do that complicated thing called communication, mistranslation is inevitable, and the only way around that is to really listen.”

Read the full review here.

David Stabler | The Oregonian [Review 15 Jan 2014]

The Oregonian’s David Stabler interviews Chinglish director May Adrales

“It’s a comedy, but so much more,” Adrales says. “A business guy wants to corner a new market in China, but he’s trapped in a world he can’t understand. It goes deeper than language. We all know what it’s like to be misunderstood.”

Read the full interview here.


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