雷雨 (Leíyŭ), “Thunderstorm” is one of the most famous plays in China’s history, written by 曹禺 (Cáoyú) in 1935. It’s a classic family tragedy set in 1925.
Now, hold on tight: The housemaid Sifeng, whose lover, Ping, is her master’s son from an earlier marriage (but who now also has an affair with his father’s current wife), is also courted by the father’s son by his new wife. Suddenly, Sifeng’s half-brother, who works in Ping’s father’s mining company turns out to be Ping’s full brother. Three people die.
Confused? Somewhat intrigued? So is all of China. The name of the play is not only a reference to the stormy and incestuous night that claims three protagonists’ lives: The storm equally refers to the tremendous social change and upheaval in China at the time.
That awkward feeling when everyone has an affair with everyone. Shanghai Dragon TV