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Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing, and Other Things (FringeNYC)

Members say: Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Funny, Great writing
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Part of FringeNYC: She wrote the world's first novel and it's, like, kind of a big deal. After 1000 years, she's finally ready to talk about breaking barriers, traveling through time, and defining her own cultural legacy. Maybe.

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Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. From Co-produced by Rachel Christiansen and The Brewing Dept.. Written by Julia Izumi. Directed by Ann Noling.

 

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Theatre is Easy

"The play 'Meet Murasaki Shikibu…' takes what feels like a long time to accomplish what it sets out to do, and exactly what it sets out to do is not entirely clear...The play offers some truly witty moments, mostly when referring specifically to Japanese culture...These are details that might be lost on those who aren't familiar with Japanese. But then again, perhaps that is the point. American ethnocentrism often wipes away nuanced details about other cultural perspectives." Full Review

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Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if interested in gender & racial identity preconceptions

Don't see it if tight plot construction is desired

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Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see a clever, universal story about the Japanese woman who wrote the world's first novel.

Don't see it if You prefer a show with no interaction with the audience.

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Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if you want to laugh and have your ideology on western culture challenged in a quirky, insightful way.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged.

85
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you're after something intellectual

Don't see it if you're after something with action

95
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like a bit of magical realism in your life, and enjoy plays that explore great figures in history with some imagination.

Don't see it if you like a plot-driven show, prefer spectacle, or find plays that play with figures from history to be too "weird", "quirky" or distracting.

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Funny, Original, Resonant

See it if you want a funny and surprisingly moving play with an original take on the theme of forgotten history. Also the team has real lady power!

Don't see it if you hate books (or maybe this will get you interested in them?).

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Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in thinking about identity, memory, books

Don't see it if you are looking for pure fluff