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 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'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'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 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 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 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'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 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 are interested in traditional Japanese cultural performed by a Canadian who traveled to Japan, learnt the language & studied Rakugo
Don't see it if you're expecting American-style stand-up with material reflecting the cultural, political, social customs of today; if you need a big show
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 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 want to learn about Japanese jokes culture and language with humor
Don't see it if You want a large musical production and dont like one man shows
See it if if you want an entertaining evening with a story teller trained in the Japanese tradition told with mastery and skill
Don't see it if you aren't interested in Japanese culture, solar actor
See it if You want to learn about another culture while having a good time as well
Don't see it if You expect typical "stand-up" comedy. Don't enjoy "family friendly" comedy
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 are interested in Japanese culture.
Don't see it if you don't like seeing someone perform something from another culture outside their own.
See it if Enjoy good clean fun! Have any knowledge of Japanese culture Enjoy a high energy performer
Don't see it if Looking for serious stuff Don't want to be transported to a different place
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