February Kabuki Program at Le Theatre Ginza
OSOME HISAMATSU UKINA NO YOMIURI
The story of the love suicide of Osome, the daughter of a wealthy shop and Hisamatsu, an apprentice in the store, is one of the most famous in the traditional theater. In the 19th century, famous playwright Tsuruya Namboku set it so that seven of the major roles could be performed by a single actor. Namboku also added his own special touch, a gruesome story of petty criminals from the lowest levels of society.
Evening Show :
ONNA GOROSHI ABURA NO JIGOKU [The Woman Killer and the Hell of Oil]
This play has become phenomenally popular in modern times for its hard-boiled sensibility and sensuous killing scene with the protagonists slipping and struggling through puddles of spilled oil, but was virtually ignored at the time it was written. Written by Chikamatsu, it shows the wastrel son of a well-to-do merchant who constantly tries to borrow money from the wife of a neighboring oil merchant. Pressed for funds, he tries to blackmail her, but ends up killing her in the long, dream-like scene that gives this play its title.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)