The Legend of a Storyteller, Chung Ying Theatre Company, City Hall Theatre, February 5 THE theatrical excellence of the Arts Festival continues in abundance with the Chung Ying Theatre Company's presentation of The Legend of a Storyteller. Playwright Cheung Tat Ming was commissioned to collaborate with the play's director, Frederic Mao, on the script; and what a treat it turned out to be. There was drama, romance and high comedy in this engaging tale of a working man, Cao Jing Ting, who has a gift for storytelling. Cao's talent wins him the admiration, though not the love, of the beautiful Luo Jing. He enjoys telling of the exploits of an ancient hero, Jing Ke, who tried to assassinate a tyrannical ruler. Cao learns that tales of such heroes do not prevent people from killing each other, and that he really wants to tell the stories of ordinary people. The play is set in China, towards the end of the Ming Dynasty, and is beautifully designed with costumes in natural, earthy colours. Edmond Wong's costume designs are complemented by a splendid set by Ho Ying-fung. After a year's study leave in Britain, Lee Chun-chow, playing the part of Cao, returns in tiptop form to again wear the crown as Hongkong's finest actor. His two scenes with the sparkling Olivia Yan, who played Luo Jing, were magical. The Chung Ying Theatre Company's consistently high standards have become the norm; and therein lies a great danger. Wherever routine lurks, so too do the seeds of artistic stagnation. Chung Ying is on the brink of becoming a ''safe'' company, one that isafraid to take the very risks that will keep it alive.