Celebrated master Katsura Sunshine brings the 400-year-old Japanese art of comic storytelling to NYC, in a presentation that offers different stories according to the day. More…
With a minimal set, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, who, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story. In Japan, Rakugo has over 800 professional storytellers. Sunshine is the first Westerner to complete the grueling 3-year apprenticeship under a Rakugo Master and receive a name in the history of the Osaka Rakugo Tradition.
“A funny, exciting performance of traditional Japanese stories. Sunshine is a bright and emphatic performer...He is a delightful storyteller...He talks very fast, which makes silent or pantomimed moments more entertaining than you’d expect...If you’re looking for a good way to laugh and forget your troubles, and also learn a few things about Japanese culture, this is the show for you.” Full Review
"The stylized telling involves a great deal of repetition, mobile facial expressions, sound effects and much exaggeration—all delightfully intimate and low-keyed...'Rakugo' may be a bit coy and small-scale in its storytelling for Americans, although it is difficult to judge by this one, singularly unconventional tale. It lacks the colorful staging of other Japanese classical theater forms, but has an intimacy and a feeling of improvisation that makes it easy to love." Full Review
See it if You can understand ENGLISH and JAPANESE or know both American and Japanese culture, then you can enjoy perfectly. I loved the show a lot.
Don't see it if You like gossipy, black joke, stand-up comedy. This comedy is traditional style of comic story telling. It's more sophisticated show.
See it if You want to see something funny and a little different. Want to learn a bit about Japanese culture and laugh and be entertained.
Don't see it if You want a serious story or a big production with music
See it if You would like to spend an evening of wholehearted laughter. You are curious about Japan and its culture.
Don't see it if You don't like comedy. You aren't open to other cultures.
See it if You enjoy standup comedy, but prefer to skip the two drink minimum. KS has audience in stitches throughout. Such a charming performer.
Don't see it if You need weightier theater with some meat on bones. Stories are very light and breezy. Walking on Sunshine music at close stroke of genius!
See it if you have children to take to the family show. The families loved it, especially the Japanese families.
Don't see it if don't see the afternoon performance for families - if you want to see an adult show. See the evening performance for adults
See it if You're familiar with Japanese culture. Or not; Sunshine is tremendously engaging, a skilled raconteur and the stories are universal.
Don't see it if You're looking for a play rather than experiencing a 400 year old yet totally modern Japanese entertainment and art form told by a Canadian.
See it if you like storytelling and standup, you are okay with a short show (ours was only 50 minutes)
Don't see it if you don't like stories. I wish he told more stories and spent less time talking to the audience about other stuff! Altogether, enjoyable.
See it if you're interested in Japanese culture, and how a Canadian adapts to its subtleties and performance traditions; you like comic storytelling
Don't see it if you're not into solo performance; you don't like being asked to mimic Japanese phrases and gestures; you prefer edgier comedy
See it if you want a slice of Japanese culture and helpful travel tips. Blend of folk tale humor & colorful travel anecdotes.
Don't see it if you want something heavier that sticks to your bones.
See it if you wish to see one of the more lightweight Japanese art forms with simplistic stories drawn out almost ad nauseam with little ay off.
Don't see it if if ur tastes run to serious Japanese theater traditions like Butoh, you are not a Japanese child, you know something about Japanese culture
See it if you'd enjoy a uniquely different experience. It's like stand-up (but kneeling). Well-meaning, genuine, culturally respectful, high-energy.
Don't see it if you want to see a str8 play. We mistakenly saw a Saturday "family" matinee, w/contents for more of a kids-filled audience. Mildly humorous.
See it if you like low key humor, a pleasant and appealing story teller and comedy that obvious and not "edgy."
Don't see it if you favor humor that is fast, timely, relevant, political, sexual, satiric or irascible.
See it if you have a kid in tow for Long Name, Miso Bean, Tiger...the stories were kid pleasers. I found them repetitive and only mildly humorous
Don't see it if you expect a full program of entertainment; 11/19 was 50 minutes. KS ardently tried to please; interesting exposure to Japanese comedy.
See it if You enjoy an extremely funny show with a very engaging entertainer and you want to experience something unusual in theatre.
Don't see it if You are a sourpuss and don't like to laugh.
See it if If you are interested in Japanese culture. If you are not familiar with Japan, you will still enjoy this and won’t be able to stop laughing!
Don't see it if your preference is for sarcasm or very dark humour. It’s very cheerful and has stories containing great humour.
See it if Love to laugh, like one-man shows, love Japan, want to take a trip to another world, like learning about other cultures while laughing...
Don't see it if You don't like learning a bit of Japanese while watching a show
See it if You want to laugh, you are interested in Japan, you have been to Japan, you are Japanese
Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows, you are not interested in other cultures
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