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A Dream of Red Pavilions

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Great staging, Slow, Clever, Enchanting

About the show

Pan Asian Repertory Theater presents a story based on one of China’s best-loved and most widely-read literary works, about ill-fated lovers amidst a crumbling Chinese aristocracy. More…

Set in 18th-century China during the reign of Emporer Qianlong, the story centers on two beings from the heavenly kingdom who are reborn on earth as cousins Bao Yu (Precious Jade) and Dai Yu (Dark Jade). They fall in love, but their union is ill-fated as their elders have other plans. In counterpoint is the noble Jia family, who are heading for financial disaster. They represent a crumbling society as the Chinese aristocracy finds itself increasingly unable to maintain the facade of noble infallability.

Member Reviews (5)


Disappointing, Great staging, Slow, Clever, Enchanting
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Original, Slow

See it if Asian culture, historic settings, different types of plays, open minded, slow plot line, typical boy meets girl story

Don't see it if You like action, fast paced story line, get bored easy

Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You're interested in Life in ancient China

Don't see it if You're looking for a fast pace show

Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Did not care for it

Don't see it if you have a choice

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Disappointing

See it if Older people.that into exquisite style

Don't see it if If your more about drama

For a previous production
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a well put together production.

Don't see it if you don't like this type of theater.

January 29th, 2016
"A handsome and solemn new production...The production feels like a study summary, with undeveloped subplots popping up like untended garden flowers and unelucidated motivations running rampant...The novel’s poetic style survives in the dialogue. But despite the efforts of two directors, the prod...
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January 29th, 2016
"This is a lot for two hours...Any number of plot points are mentioned, only to be dropped without explanation...The directors, Tisa Chang and Lu Yu, haven't found a way to fuse this combination of comedy of manners, historical drama, and the fantastic into a stylistic whole...The best thing to b...
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January 29th, 2016
"A colorful and lucid stage adaptation...By focusing on the core story of the 120 chapter novel, this engrossing and epic story of love, betrayal, greed and tradition becomes accessible to a wider audience...The play at times seems a summary or outline version of the epic novel...The proof of the...
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February 1st, 2016
"Framed in a gorgeous mixture of projections and sound...Xueqin’s original novel weaves together even more subplots, but Tiang picks out the moments that both focus on the most principal themes and show the grandeur of this epic. Along with detailed direction, the audience can follow the many sto...
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