Following critical acclaim here and abroad, Japan's renowned Ninagawa Company comes to Lincoln Center Festival with an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's 'Kafka on the Shore,' a tale of magical realism, suspense, humor, and sensuality. More…
In a tale of two parallel journeys, 15-year-old Kafka and an imaginary friend run away from home in search of his estranged mother and sister and to escape an Oedipal curse. His journey runs side by side that of a fellow searcher—an old man with uncanny abilities seeking a magical stone he believes will offer divine guidance. As their journeys entwine in modern-day Japan, reality, dream, and myth converge in an allegorical tale that resonates viscerally but resists logical explanation. Helmed by acclaimed director Yukio Ninagawa, who turns 80 years old this year, and with an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Rie Miyazawa, this play receives a sweeping cinematic treatment that brings Murakami's bestselling text to visual life.
See it if You love Murakami; this production totally got the feel! You want to explore interesting staging.
Don't see it if reading subtitles, somewhat contrived intertwining plotlines and Oedipal stories will bother you
See it if you want to see an internationally acclaimed auteur weave a magical, winding tale with spectacular visuals. ...you love Murakami like I do!
Don't see it if you like straight uncomplicated story lines, you dislike ambiguity, or if you don't have the patience to sit through 3 hours of theatre.
See it if you love Murakami, surrealism, romance, deeply romantic yearning pieces, international theatre, Ninagawa, Japanese theatre
Don't see it if you like linear, kitchen-sink dramas that are traditional, realism, short pieces (it's 3 hrs long), supertitles w/your show