Nakamura to recreate 17th-century Kabuki theater in N.Y.
Japan's leading Kabuki actor, Nakamura Kankuro V, on Tuesday announced his grand plan to recreate an authentic 17th-century Kabuki theater in the heart of Manhattan for the Lincoln Center Festival opening in July.
"It's like dream come true," Nakamura, 48, who first developed the idea of bringing the temporary Kabuki hut to New York more than two decades ago.... visitors now will enjoy the ambience of a small Japanese village.
Hmmmmmmmm,, I wonder if NY kabuki will have a lot of Kiai-Jutsu screaming for the authentic ambiance?
Before I shipwrecked here in Japan, I'd had already seen a half dozen Kabuki-za Tour performances since none of my Chicago relatives would use their season concert pass to see "cats yowling." The first time I went to Tokyo Kabuki-za, I about crapped in my shorts when a little barcode ojisan sitting next to me see his favorite actor's virtuoso pose bellowed, ?Matte imashita!? (I have been waiting for that!). It's one thing to read about in a book but I felt like I was at a Greek melodrama 3,000 years ago.