SYRACUSE A comedy about the misadventures of spoken communication opens Wednesday at Syracuse Stage.
Chinglish by David Henry Hwang tells the story of an American businessman, Daniel Cavanaugh, who travels to a bustling Chinese province looking to score a lucrative contract in properly translated signs.
The businessman tangles with a government official, a bumbling consultant, and a sexy bureaucrat along the way.
The comedy runs through Sunday, March 16, in Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage complex, 820 E. Genesee St.
Mr. Hwang, a Chinese American playwright, has been called the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller by Time magazine.
Chinglish premiered at Chicagos Goodman Theatre, where it won a 2011 Jefferson Award for best new work, before moving to Broadway and being named Best New American Play of 2011 by Time Magazine.
Mr. Hwang is best known as the author of M. Butterfly, which won the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle awards. It also was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize.
A Syracuse Stage news release said Mr. Hwang drew inspiration for Chinglish from the common miscommunications he experienced while on business trips to China.
About half of Chinglish is in Mandarin Chinese that is translated with more than 750 subtitle slides, letting audience members in on humor that stems from miscommunication between characters.
May Adrales, director of Chinglish at Syracuse Stage, recently directed Mr. Hwangs The Dance and the Railroad at New York Citys Signature Theatre Company and later at the Wuzhen International Theatre Festival in China.