It began, David Henry Hwang said, as a riff on “Glengarry Glen Ross,” the classic David Mamet play about real estate salesmen pitted against each other in a cutthroat competition to win a Cadillac and keep from losing both their jobs and their dignity. Even a quick glance at the script of “Chinglish,” which opens Sunday at Lyric Stage Company, shows how dissimilar it became: An enormous amount of the dialogue is in Mandarin.
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