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Xmas Pantomime

Xmas Pantomime

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In Hong Kong, a community theatre group transforms the British tradition of the Christmas pantomime — a satirical musical comedy — into a slapstick critique of the colony's politics. NPR's Mary Kay Magistad reports on this year's performance, the last before China takes over. Chinese control of the island may bring a less permissive atmosphere. Will the pantomime of the future have the same sharp bite as today's?