January Kabuki Program at Asakusa Public Hall
Evening Show (from 3:00 PM):
TSUBOSAKA REIGENKI [The Miracle at Tsubosaka]
A relatively modern play that goes back to the roots of the traditional theater in Buddhist miracle tales. Sawaichi, a blind masseur laments being a burden on his loving wife and tries to commit suicide, but is saved by the help of the merciful Buddhist deity Kannon.
KUROTEGUMI KURUWA NO TATEHIKI [Sukeroku and the Kurotegumi Gang]
This play by the 19th century playwright Kawatake Mokuami combines the sunny world of the kabuki classic Sukeroku, the handsome hero Sukeroku and his lover Agemaki, the top courtesan in the Yoshiwara, with his own dark world of thieves and absconding clerks and the ironic twists of karma.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)