The simple production design makes the opera perfect for studio theatres and even small public spaces, allowing the stage to be dominated by the two actors, who constantly switch between roles, showcasing their wide range. The stylistic contrast between the “opera makeup” and the “barefaced” versions is testament to the team’s creativity and innovation.
The vocal styles and compositions accentuate the show’s idiosyncrasies, utilising a combination of traditional Kunqu qupai (fixed melodies), lyrical folk tunes and nanbeiqu (a collection of southern and northern xiqu genres) duets. The final song, played in tempo rubato and featuring the lyrics “Where did we come from? Where are we going? Everything is but a crazy dream, an absurd fantasy”, serves as a meditation on the existential void.