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Culture, Stage Spicing It Up: Theatre of Yugen Inverts Its Process for a New Noh-Inspired Show

Spicing It Up: Theatre of Yugen Inverts Its Process for a New Noh-Inspired Show

This Lingering Life, which opens this week, is a departure for playwright Chiori Miyagawa and producing company Theatre of Yugen. The Mission District-based ensemble, now in its 35th year and whose members have been studying together for up to 20…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>A Minor Cycle</i>: Theatre of Yugen Makes Major Effort to Bridge Cultural Gaps, with Minor Results

A Minor Cycle: Theatre of Yugen Makes Major Effort to Bridge Cultural Gaps, with Minor Results

For many audiences, seeing a show by Theatre of Yugen, which produces traditional Japanese theater, involves negotiating contradictory desires: first, to experience on its own terms an art form whose stories, styles, and sign systems are so different from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Absurdism Without Borders

Absurdism Without Borders

Westerners seeking enlightenment in Eastern religion are nothing new in works of art or for artists themselves. The Beatles spent time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, after which their music took a distinct turn toward the Indian. Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens left…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mad Moshe

Mad Moshe

Moshe Cohen returns home again with his lyrical, insightful, and altogether mirthful clowning masterwork, Mr. YooWho’s Holiday, featuring collaboration with Theater of Yugen’s artistic director Jubilith Moore. If you missed last year’s show, don’t expect Cohen to stumble onstage in…
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Culture, Stagecap

Candide, or Optimism

Combining an 18th-century French satire with a traditional Japanese theatrical form may seem like a gimmick just waiting to fail. But in Theatre of Yugen's new Kyogen-style adaptation of Voltaire's Candide, form and content inform each other in fascinating ways.…
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