|dc.description.abstract||In 1985, Performance Workshop released a stage play, The Night We Became Hsiang-Sheng Comedians, mainly in the form of xiang-sheng and it made a hit. The foresaid play broke the frame of the traditional xiang-sheng and innovated the formula for theater performance. It also boldly tried to combine the traditional xiang-sheng and the elements of modern theater. After that, Performance Workshop proceeds a series of stage plays one after another based on the performance form of xiang-sheng. Furthermore, due to the promotion and reports of the media, xiang-sheng plays seem to be the pronoun of the performance model. Comedians workshop established in 1988 is the typical example following the creation route of xiang-sheng plays.
Up to now, however, the definition and description of xiang-sheng plays are divergent from each faction. After the research and analysis, I express my viewpoint about xiang-sheng plays—a xiang-sheng play is a performing art which combines the performance styles and art characteristics between xiang-sheng and drama and transmits the core issues.
As for the analysis of the structure, it divides into two parts—Plot structure xiang-sheng plays and Collage structure xiang-sheng plays.
In addition, this research also focuses on the performing characteristics of the works of Comedian workshop and proceeds the observation and analysis on external and internal features. It predicts the issues Comedian workshop will face in the future based on the research results.