"Making Chinatown": Ming Wong 

Thursday, Feb 16 2012
Ming Wong played every main role when he remade Roman Polanski's 1974 classic Chinatown — Jack Nicholson's detective, Faye Dunaway's complicated Mrs. Mulwray, Mrs. Mulwray's daughter Katherine. His exhibition at REDCAT looks like a studio back lot with all the props and sets he used in his filming laid out across a darkened gallery, and the various scenes of the movie playing all at once. You walk into the gallery to hear Wong, channeling Nicholson, tell a dirty joke about a "Chinaman," then see him get his nose cut open by a Polanski look-alike, enmeshed in a heated love scene with himself in a blond wig, and trying but failing to save himself when overzealous policemen open fire. 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; through April 1. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 7. Continues through April 1, 2012
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