Most tourists to Hanoi visit the water puppets; and so they should, given that it's a cultural, theatrical gem sustained and protected by their patronage. But they should also go to the traditional theatre performances held bi-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) at the Hong Ha theatre on Duong Thanh. Enactions of three folk tales are threaded through with traditional music, and the actors pour their hearts and souls into each. The final, intense scene, depicts a woman who has had a spell cast upon her, turning into a fox. It's disheartening to see that this small and comitted troupe play to a virtually empty theatre, so please change that by going there.


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