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.
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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.” Full Review
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." Full Review
See it if ...you love good '"stand-up" (sit-down) comedy; if you love and appreciate Japanese language (most stories were in English) and culture
Don't see it if ...you don't love and appreciate Japanese language and culture. Great show, very entertaining but only for a limited audience.
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 If you have any connection to the Japanese language, you will love this, and you'll probably like it anyway = it's very funny and well-done.
Don't see it if You aren't at all curious about other cultures and styles.
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 enjoy one-person comedic shows, with a long tradition behind them...it combined traditional Japanese storytelling and biographical bits.
Don't see it if you like a strict structured show with a script, plot, and sets. Also, if you consider your sense of humor overly "sophisticated".
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 Japanese culture and comic monologues and storytelling with clear punchlines. Interested in a different theater experience.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of solo performances, funny voices or classically structured jokes. Are uninterested by Japan.
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 U want to experience an old traditional Japenese art from a master story teller. He not only tells the old stories but also his experience
Don't see it if You do not like comedy, one man show, Japanese culture, tales. Traditional art is not your thing.
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.
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