T.E.A. and Sympathy

Theatre Esprit Asia, a local company bringing together pan-Asian casts with culture-centric works, has already proven in its first season that the concept is no flash in the pan. Not only is T.E.A., the theatrical brainchild of actors Maria Cheng and Tria Xiong, strong on talent, but the fine acting has been put to good use in challenging works that are new to the region. 99 Histories, an epic, trans-generational family drama by Korean-American playwright Julia Cho, is a case in point: Based on its powerfully written script shot through with shining moments, director Terry Dodd likens the play to those penned by Tony Kushner. And as a playwright himself, Dodd appreciates good storytelling. “There’s a wonderful theatricality to the play,” he notes. “It’s a little bit like Angels in America — it’s like, whoop, hang on! It’s someone else’s dream, and you get to go along for the ride.” The acting, he adds, will have you longing for more: “I’m thrilled to be on board with this company. They’re the real thing.”

99 Histories begins tonight at 8 p.m. at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton Street in Aurora; shows continue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 16. For tickets, ranging from $20 to $25, visit theatre-esprit-asia.org or call 303-856-7830.
Thu., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Oct. 24. Continues through Nov. 16, 2013