Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo
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Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo

Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo NYC Reviews and Tickets

(155 Reviews)
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Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Quirky

The only living non-Japanese Master of the art of comic storytelling, brings Rakugo to New York.

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Member Reviews (155)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
Broad humor, Interesting cultural sharing, Great for kids (family fare program), Intimate setting, Sunshine is sincere and animated

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. Read more

927 Reviews | 379 Followers
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to experience a multi cultural stand up show or if you like one person shows.

Don't see it if If you don’t like one person shows.

763 Reviews | 212 Followers
Overrated, Insipid, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a little exposure to Japanese language and customs where you get a few chuckles by a charismatic storyteller.

Don't see it if you expect hilarity - I got to the punch lines before he did! Also, this adult version contained 1/3 of his family show by his own admission

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
Quirky, Slow, Stylized presentation, Unique experience, Beautifully staged

See it if you are interested in Japanese culture. It is an opportunity to see this technique demonstrated in English with acknowledged differences

Don't see it if you dislike presentations with no physical action or humor that depends on lots of verbal repetitions.

677 Reviews | 186 Followers
Good-natured, Interesting, Entertaining, Amusing

See it if you want to see a good-humored, cheerful, unique brand of Eastern storytelling from a good-humored, cheerful master of the specialized art.

Don't see it if u prefer concise, succinct storytelling; u expect knee-slapping, side-splitting comedy [The humor's innocuous & cute, not esp. hilarious.] Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Katsura's quirky, ingratiating persona is the highlight of this fusion evening of Japanese storytelling & stand-up Intro monologue well done

Don't see it if Evening a little long-ish w/ Katsura taking his time working the audience & often getting sidetracked while cultural stories (jokes) modest

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
Informative, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if Tall, blond Slovenian/Canadian relates comedic dinnertime, bilingual stories on a lanterned set. It's proper to overfill the sake glass.

Don't see it if The host is an excellent, conversant performer and the cultural information is invaluable,but the constant hanky-dabbing is most distracting Read more

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
Funny, Quirky, Dated, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You have an interest in Japanese theatre and/or social customs. You enjoy broad humor. You like solo shows. You like simple stagings.

Don't see it if Japanese culture doesn't interest you. You don't like the stand-up format. You don't like old-school, schtick-y humor. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
October 1st, 2019
For a previous production

"‘Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo’ Offers Stand-Up Comedy Without the Standing: Mr. Sunshine is one of the rare Westerners to become a master of the centuries-old Japanese comic storytelling form."
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Theatre is Easy
October 5th, 2019
For a previous production

"It's almost impossible to dislike Katsura Sunshine, whose presence is immediately disarming… If you question whether the funny would get lost between different cultures, rest assured because here, humor is quite the universal language and laughter never needs translation."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 27th, 2019
For a previous production

"I’ve seen rakugo in Japan but never in English, which made it such a delight to visit…Katsura Sunshine’s often hilarious performance…His audience-friendly act…ranges from 15-second jokes to extended narratives, always with an inevitable punchline…Just watching Sunshine’s facial and gestural contortions is worth the price of admission."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 26th, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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Times Square Chronicles
November 21st, 2017
For a previous production

“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.”
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