May Grand Kabuki, Evening Show
KOI MINATO HAKATA NO HITOFUSHI (Kezori)
One of the most spectacular plays in kabuki, Kezori shows a man who has grown wealthy as a smuggler and shows his exotic lifestyle and expansive spirit. A merchant named Soshichi (Tojuro) is in love with a courtesan named Kojoro (Kikunosuke). He boards a boat unaware that it is owned by the smuggler Kezori (Danjuro) who is also his rival in love. Soshichi happens to see illicit merchandise being unloaded and Kezori has him thrown into the sea. The boat revolves and Kezori poses on its prow, gazing proudly out at the world he rules. However, Soshichi survives and goes to Kojoro for help. She says that she will ask one of her patrons for money and Soshichi greets the patron only to find that it is Kezori. Magnanimously, Kezori forgives Soshichi and will help him, but on the condition that Soshichi become a member of his gang.
A dance to Kiyomoto music with decadent mood of the end of the Edo era. The music was originally composed for a drama "Shiranami Gonin Onna," but it is now more often used as a music to a dance version of a scene from a drama "Kozaru Shichinosuke." Takigawa, a maid of the Edo palace, faints away by a hard roll of thunder. Shichinosuke holds her out from a palanquin. After a fighting scene, they make love in a hut.
A heart-warming drama by a famous playwright Uno Nobuo (1904-1991) which shows the life of the commoners in Edo in the end of the Edo era. One day at the end of a year, a cooper Tomekichi is suspected of stealing money which the society of nenbutsu prayers has gathered for a year. Though he did not steal, he rented and paid the sum and worked very hard after that.
In September of the next year, the lost money is found and they are reconciled. Tomekichi is not angry as he also doubted them at that time, and thanks them as he could become richer by working harder.
OSHI NO FUSUMA KOI NO MUTSUGOTO (The Lovebirds)
A rare performance of a dance showing two men fighting over a beautiful woman in the guise of a sumo match only to show that the woman and one of the men are actually the spirits of birds, conjugal birds that are an image of faithful love. Starring Kikunosuke, Shoroku and Ebizo.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)