The only living non-Japanese Master of the very Japanese art of comic storytelling, brings Rakugo to New York. More…
From the show:
With a minimal set, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story.
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 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.
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.]
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
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
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.
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
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.
See it if First part is stand-up & very short stories. Last part is an extended story. Builds rapport w/audience. Engaging w/many jokes. 90 minutes.
Don't see it if Performer may want to rethink asking audience who consider themselves "the elite" as it's now used as a derogatory term in politics.
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 are interested in the Japanese culture and their approach to comedy or want to experience unusual storytelling stand-up comedy.
Don't see it if If you prefer traditional plays and comedy or do not particulary care to experience other cultures’ approach to comedy.
See it if you want a taste of Japanese culture in the form of comic story telling. Enjoyable night out, great delivery by a talented actor.
Don't see it if you have no interest in Japanese culture or one person shows.
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 would like to experience in English, instead of subtitles to Japanese, traditional Japanese storytelling or comedy by non-Japanese actor
Don't see it if you prefer experiencing this art form from a Japanese native, in English or Japanese, or cutting edge stand up comedy, drama, play, musical
Also I found solo storytelling for 90 minutes with no interval tedious.
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'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're interested in Japanese culture--or open to learning more about it;like storytelling--this wasn't really a play;like physical comedy.
Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional theatre experience; dislike one-person shows
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 like a congenial, interesting evening. A rare treat to see an ancient art form presented in such a fun way.
Don't see it if don't like one man shows our you want an action filed show.
See it if This is a family freindly show. Learning about the Japanese culture relating to this show was great. No show like this.
Don't see it if You was to see a show that will make you cry laughing. This is a light hearted funny show.
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 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