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Review: Chimerica at Studio Theatre

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BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Studio Theatre. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the company.

I knew I wanted to see Chimerica by its name alone. The play tracks two decades of U.S. China relations, and provides a look inside the culture of the Communist country. The play was a smashing success in London—and all the reviews I’ve read were glowing.

As I’m simultaneously horrified and fascinated by Chinese culture and follow international affairs, I was excited for an educational evening.


But, the play was much more than a lesson in history and culture. The play centers on the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989, and an unlikely friendship between an American photojournalist and a Chinese man—and then follows their relationship through to 2012. It’s a story of love, personal responsibility, and cultural misunderstanding—with a heartbreaking conclusion that had me in tears and the audience on their feet.


The play was long—three hours in all—and it was worth spending every minute. That says a lot, coming from someone who is pressed for time.

In addition to epic theatre, Studio serves wine in sippy cups—and the space is absolutely beautiful. We’d suggest catching this play or the next—but really go see Chimerica.

Chimerica runs at Studio Theatre through October 18. Tickets range from $20—$76.

Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.

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