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Calendar, Night&Day Gleeful Demons, Priests, and Gods

Gleeful Demons, Priests, and Gods

The Japanese exclamation sorya doesn't have a satisfying literal translation; it's like an expression of glee, and a very fine title for the 35th anniversary celebration of San Francisco's own Theatre of Yugen. Members of this company rigorously train…
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Aisle Seat

New Noh In 1968, Japan's first heart transplant was performed. The surgeon was charged with murder, because the heart of the brain-dead fisher was still beating when it was removed from his body. Without heart-death, the spirit of the fisher…
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Here We Come a Carol-ing

There's something especially provocative about the way Theatre of Yugen's Noh Christmas Carol merges Dickens' classic English novel with the conventions of ancient Japanese theater. Two powerful traditions -- one a familiar story that has become ritualized, the other a…
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