'Chinglish' ★★★★

In David Henry Hwang's "Chinglish," Sino-American business relations develop to the point where a Chinese buyer and a U.S. seller find themselves in bed together. You get a sudden flashback to "M. Butterfly." That brilliant drama, which made this playwright's career, explores how Western men have long been vulnerable to the seductive mysteries of the women of the East. China has changed since "M. Butterfly" -- this timely and razor-sharp comedy shows the power has shifted in one direction: East. "Chinglish" gets most of its big laughs from the mis-translations that invariably accompany attempts made by Americans and Chinese to speak with each other. But East and West still struggle to deal with each other honestly. And these games are still played at considerable cost to each of the players. - CHRIS JONES Through July 24 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.; $25-$73 at 312-443-3800 or goodmantheatre.org
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