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East Asia and America: Encounters in Drama and Theatre (review)

East Asia and America: Encounters in Drama and Theatre (review) A K YÖGEN C OMPA NI O N . By Don Kenny. Tokyo: National Nö Theatre, 1999. 1,800 yen. (Available from National Nö Theatre, Sendagaya 4-18 -1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151- 0051.) As theatre lovers in a foreign country, confronted with unfamiliar forms in incomprehensible tongues, don't we all wish we had an avuncular host to guide us through the intricacies of plot and illuminate obscure conventions? Ideally this native connoisseur would purchase the best seats and shuttle us to the theatre, sit beside us, prepare us with a straightforward plot summary in advance, then whisper unobtrusive comments during the performance to aid our appreciation. When in Japan, attending classical kyögen comedy, if you cannot find such a wise and generous shepherd you would do well to purchase Don Kenny's A Kyögen Companion. This book is published by the National Nö Theatre in Tokyo, which should be doubly congratulated. For in addition to producing rare plays and interesting combinations of actors and plays on all-kyögen programs, it also sponsors revivals of forgotten plays and new plays. These all-kyögen programs in Tokyo and elsewhere have fed the kyögen blaze of popularity in the past decade. Kyögen fans no longer need http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

East Asia and America: Encounters in Drama and Theatre (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 19 (1) – Mar 1, 2002

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A K YÖGEN C OMPA NI O N . By Don Kenny. Tokyo: National Nö Theatre, 1999. 1,800 yen. (Available from National Nö Theatre, Sendagaya 4-18 -1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151- 0051.) As theatre lovers in a foreign country, confronted with unfamiliar forms in incomprehensible tongues, don't we all wish we had an avuncular host to guide us through the intricacies of plot and illuminate obscure conventions? Ideally this native connoisseur would purchase the best seats and shuttle us to the theatre, sit beside us, prepare us with a straightforward plot summary in advance, then whisper unobtrusive comments during the performance to aid our appreciation. When in Japan, attending classical kyögen comedy, if you cannot find such a wise and generous shepherd you would do well to purchase Don Kenny's A Kyögen Companion. This book is published by the National Nö Theatre in Tokyo, which should be doubly congratulated. For in addition to producing rare plays and interesting combinations of actors and plays on all-kyögen programs, it also sponsors revivals of forgotten plays and new plays. These all-kyögen programs in Tokyo and elsewhere have fed the kyögen blaze of popularity in the past decade. Kyögen fans no longer need

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 1, 2002

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