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MUSASHI NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Opening Night: July 7, 2010
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Musashi is a noh-inspired play that depicts a ruthless hunt for revenge circa 1600 between two samurai, brought to light through intense drama and riotous comedy. This powerful production stars 28-year-old Japanese superstar Tatsuya Fujiwara.
Famed playwright Hisashi Inoue begins the saga with a showdown between Musashi and Kojiro, after which Kojiro is fatally defeated (whether or not Kojiro survived is historically unknown). Although the legend ends here, Inoue continues to develop the plot. In this production, with its lush evocation of the countryside, the pair unexpectedly meets again six years later at a Zen temple and agrees to a rematch.
Performed in Japanese with English supertitles.
Turning Swords Into Slapsticks
By BEN BRANTLEY
Published: July 9, 2010
"Behold the mighty samurai, standing tall and vigilant, their hard faces fixed in forbidding scowls. Tremble as they draw their long swords and assume their martial positions. Watch as they stumble and fall, shouting at one another like forcibly separated school bullies, after having had their ankles tied to those of three other men. Observe them as, still solemn-faced, they join a ritualistic chorus line, dancing delightfully across the stage to what sounds like accordion tango music."
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