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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Good Soul of Szechuan

A seriously funny fable

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Soul-full performers
  • Soul-full performers

Sometimes plays by Bertolt Brecht are described as preachy and overly-didactic, but neither word applies to DalTheatre’s spirited take on The Good Soul of Szechuan. It is a gorgeous and utterly engaging production, filled with both humour and pathos. Marina Gwynne shines as Shen Tei, the soft-hearted prostitute whose goodness is rewarded by three funny, flaky gods. Unfortunately, Shen Tei soon discovers that goodness can’t thrive in a society where people take advantage of it, and she is forced to invent a ruthless alter-ego. Music plays an important role in the show, adding humour and atmosphere, often transforming popular tunes with a Chinese flavour. Brecht’s moral fable asks some big questions about the nature of good and evil, but this exuberant production ensures you are thoroughly entertained as you ponder them.

Thursday, February 6 @ 8:00p
Friday, February 7 @ 8:00p
Saturday, February 8 @ 2:00p
Saturday, February 8 @ 8:00p

at the David MacK. Murray Studio

Purchase tickets through the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office, in person, over the phone at 494-3820, or online at All tickets are general admission, $14 regular, $7 students and seniors.

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