Frequently Asked Questions

The Play

What is CHINGLISH about?

CHINGLISH is the new “shrewd, timely and razor-sharp comedy” (The Chicago Tribune) by Tony Award® winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) about the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are worlds apart from our own. 
It makes its Broadway premiere directly after playing at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre where The Tribune also gave it 4 stars.

In this sexy and romantic play, an American businessman arrives in a bustling Chinese province looking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s sign-making firm. He soon finds that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners—and calls into question even the most basic assumptions of human conduct.

CHINGLISH is performed in both English and Mandarin (with English subtitles).

Who wrote it? Who is the director?

Tony Award®-winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) is the playwright. The director is Obie-winner Leigh Silverman.

Is CHINGLISH appropriate for children?

CHINGLISH is suitable and engaging for young adults (14 and older).

The Longacre Theatre welcomes patrons ages 4 and older. 

I’m not familiar with the work of David Henry Hwang. Will I like CHINGLISH?

If you like hilarious, original, superbly written plays that tackle universal subjects with wit and creativity, you’ll love CHINGLISH.

Where has it played before?

CHINGLISH just completed a critically acclaimed run at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Critics there raved: "Hilarious! A shrewd, timely and razor-sharp comedy. (Chicago Tribune); A "splendidly savvy and entertaining new work" (Variety); "One of the funniest plays in memory...I haven't heard an audience laugh like that in years" (Chicago Sun-Times).

Who is producing CHINGLISH?

CHINGLISH on Broadway is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Cathy Chernoff /Jay & Cindy Gutterman, Heni Koenigsberg/Lily Fan, Joe & Matt Deitch, Dasha Epstein, Ronald & Marc Frankel, Barry & Carole Kaye, Mary Lu Roffe, The Broadway Consortium, Ken Davenport, Filerman Bensinger, Herbert Goldsmith, Jam Theatricals, Olympus Theatricals, Playful Productions, David & Barbara Stoller, Roy Gottleib, and Hunter Arnold.

Associate Producer: Jeremy Scott Blaustein.

How long will CHINGLISH be running?

Performances began on October 11, 2011; opening night was October 27, 2011. Tickets for this strictly limited engagement are on sale through February 19, 2012. Check back with this website for additional performance dates.

How long is CHINGLISH?

Two hours, with one 15-minute intermission.

Is there an intermission?

Yes.

Will the stars definitely be on stage at the performance I attend?

The principal cast members are scheduled to appear in all posted performances, unless otherwise noted on the website or on Telecharge. Any last-minute substitutions are made just prior to the performance and will be posted at the theatre.

Please note: Refunds are not granted in the event of cast replacements.

The Theatre

Where is CHINGLISH playing?

The Longacre Theatre, located at 220 West 48th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here to see the map.

What are show times?

October 11 to October 23

Monday @ Dark
Tuesday @ 8pm
Wednesday @ 8pm
Thursday @ 8pm
Friday @ 8pm
Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm 
Sunday @ 2pm & 7:30pm

Beginning October 31
Note: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday shows begin at 7pm.

Monday @ Dark
Tuesday @ 7pm
Wednesday @ 2pm & 7pm
Thursday @ 7pm
Friday @ 8pm
Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm 
Sunday @ 3pm

Special holiday schedules may apply. Click here for more.

How much are tickets?

Ticket range from $31.50 to $126.50. Click here to buy now!

Premium tickets available. Click here to buy now!

Or call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250

May I buy a ticket in person?

Yes! The Longacre Theatre, located at 220 West 48th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here to see the map.

May I pick up my tickets at the box office?

Yes! The Longacre Theatre, located at 220 West 48th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here to see the map.

Where are my seats located?
If I bring a group, can I get a cheaper price?

Yes. Arrangements for groups of 20 or more can be made by contacting Telecharge.com Group Sales or callng (212) 239-6262 (outside the NY metro area (800) 432-7780.) 

Where is the Longacre Theatre?

The Longacre Theatre, located at 220 West 48th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here to see the map.

Which subways are closest?

Take the 1, 9 trains to 50th Street; N, R trains to 49th Street; B, D, F, Q to 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center.

Click here to plan your trip with Hopstop.

Where do I park the car?

There are many parking lots in the neighborhood, but remember that curtain times create added traffic.

Do I have to climb stairs at the Longacre Theatre?

The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is available in the Orchestra Only.

The mezzanine is located up two flights of stairs; the balcony is up four flights of stairs.

Is there an Assistive Listening System at the Longacre Theatre?

Yes. Headsets for sound augmentation are available at the theatre, free of charge. A photo identification is required as a deposit.

Are there performances for the hearing impaired and Deaf?

For information, please call 212-912-9770 or visit www.tdf.org/tap.

Are there performances for the partially sighted and blind?

For information, please call HAI (Hospital Audiences Inc.) at (212) 575-7663, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm (EST). 

Is the Longacre Theatre wheelchair accessible?

The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is available in the Orchestra Only.

The mezzanine is located up two flights of stairs; the balcony is up four flights of stairs.

Does the Longacre Theatre have air conditioning?

Yes.

Is there a place in the Longacre Theatre to buy a snack or a drink

Yes.

Is there a coat check?

No.

Is there a lost and found at the Longacre Theatre?

No. Inquiries about lost items should be directed to Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.

May I bring a camera?

No, the use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited.

How can I contact someone at CHINGLISH?
Rocket Fuel