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Set in ancient times, the story follows a young emperor who leads a double life as he works in the theater with a group of artists. In a certain dynasty that is prosperous and peaceful, the people praise the young emperor for being brilliant and wise. In reality, the emperor has not yet taken power because it remains in the hands of the Queen Mother and the emperor's uncle. Uninterested in government affairs, the emperor simply wants to go outside the palace to travel and feed his obsession with the opera. One day, the emperor discovers a secret passage. When he quietly slips out, he is surprised to find that at the end of the passage is a theater house that is about to reopen its doors to the public. As he meets its owner Bai Xiao Qing, he conceals his true identity to associate with a group of wonderful artists. Being one with the people, the emperor goes through several ups and downs in his journey to become an excellent ruler. (Source: ChineseDrama.info) Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • dansk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 35
  • Aired: Feb 3, 2022 - Mar 3, 2022
  • Aired On: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: iQiyi
  • Duration: 35 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 78 users)
  • Ranked: #16730
  • Popularity: #10885
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
ChineseDramaFan
8 people found this review helpful
Mar 5, 2022
35 of 35 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Slapstick Humor, Great Story, Great Acting, Abrupt Ending

This drama is a satire that pokes fun at what seemingly the most powerful figure of the land. In the story, the emperor feels that he is almost similar to a slave as all the decisions are made by others and his desires ignored; he has no freedom in doing anything he enjoys, going anywhere he wants, eating any food he loves. He has to obey everything his mother, the Empress Dowager, says and agree to his uncle who untiredly criticizes him and tries to claim the throne. Life is miserable in the palace, until one fateful day.

The 17-year-old young emperor (Victor Qin) loves opera but his mother bans opera in the palace because she wants him to focus in his studies. One day, he accidentally finds a secret underground passage that leads to a theater house. He disguises himself as a kid looking for a job. The owner of the theater house, Bai Xiaoqing (Zhao Xiaotang), a fierce and mean lady who dresses in man’s clothing, takes him in. There, he meets his idol, the once famous opera singer Lan Ling (Meng Hetang) and becomes his assistant. There is also a cook who was once an assassin, a mediocre script composer who cannot even write a proper story and a fortune teller girl who uses talismans that always work the wrong way. Together they form the six idiots of the theater house and claim not to separate but always search own way out in times of trouble.

In the theater house, the emperor is being ordered to do all kinds of menial chores that he has never done before in his life. He is even ordered to taste suspicious food for poisons. To hide his real identity, he endures all abuses and happily complies to all demands, and quickly he learns to serve others. Victor Qin’s acting is fantastic – he can be as sorry looking as a nobody, and at the flip of a coin, turns into an esteemed emperor. Of course, he’s the smartest of the six but to stay low profile, he acts as silly as the others. Each character has a story and a "counting-the-eggs" dream with wild imaginations. Each episode tells a different story with a lesson to learn. Any trouble always resolves by itself through blind luck. And yet, lurking under, unseen dangers developed for the young emperor.

My Verdict

I have really enjoyed the story, the acting of all the characters, the jokes, the humor. It makes me laugh so hard in every episode. This feels like a live stage comedy, with dialogues that sound impromptu, yet every sentence rhymes. There are modern vibes inserted here and there with modern terms used in the dialogues. I love the play of homophones in the jokes. This is some really great script writing here. Each episode is preceded by a summary of the previous episode through a storyteller in the form of a narrative poetry. The recount poems are precise and funny. The camera work is good in capturing every expression and every emotion. My only disappointment is the abrupt ending of the story. There would be a season 2 that no one knows if it would ever be released.

Don’t be deceived by the few viewers on MDL. This is due to no proper English subs available at the time of the airing. This series is interesting and hilarious though it has no prominent actors. This is a great series to release stress as laughter is the best medicine. Don’t miss it.

Strongly recommended!

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Ongoing 16/35
Z_F
8 people found this review helpful
Feb 22, 2022
16 of 35 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.5

Very entertaining, lots of laughter

At first, I chose this series to have something running in the background while I study/work. However, I ended up watching multiple episodes in one go, and started chasing it. LOTS of laughter. I created this account also to give review for this series because it is different from usual chinese series and i feel it deserve an acknowledgement.

It serve the original purpose I choose this series in the first place, as in, it is not emotional/heavy. But I definitely enjoy it LOTS and lots and it is really fun.
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  • Drama: The Theatre Stories
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 35
  • Aired: Feb 3, 2022 - Mar 3, 2022
  • Aired On: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: iQiyi
  • Duration: 35 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 78 users)
  • Ranked: #16730
  • Popularity: #10885
  • Watchers: 602

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