Yukio Mishima's The Black Lizard, One of Japan's Most Popular Plays
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This ingenious comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of four into more than 100 zany characters (in 100 minutes) with a mix of Hitchcockian masterpiece, juicy spy novel and a touch of Monty Python. The winner of two Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit that's brimming with action and romance. Accused of a murder he didn't commit, Richard Hannay flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures -- as well as an unlikely love connection. Gasp and guffaw as four talented actors re-enact the entire film (including every train chase, plane crash and murder), gleefully portraying the many spies, villains and other intriguing characters that inhabit this action-packed world. Learn More
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The Black Lizard delves deeply into the psyche of the heroine, who embodies many of Yukio Mishima’s own pathologies, but at the same time the play is a campy, sexy and hilarious romp through Japan in the 1960s. Characters take on multiple identities and don disguises with a frequency seen only in kabuki, and settings range from posh hotel suites, to Tokyo Tower, to a ship at sea. As in kabuki, leading characters are given long monologues to reveal their innermost feelings, and under Jerry Mouawad’s direction these are presented in “chamber” style with influences from Richard Foreman. Imago’s The Black Lizard will be a verbally sophisticated, physically energetic and visually sumptuous play—attempting to bring a contemporary fusion of kabuki and melodrama to Portland audiences.
_The production contains nudity and is recommended for adults.
__The run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes with intermission._
About the Ticket Supplier: Imago TheatreCarol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad, the creators of Imago, have been called alchemists, magicians, theatrical animators, and physical comedians.
Defying classification, they have populated the stage with characters and beings such as comedic amphibians, acrobatic larvae, circus boulders, and metamorphosing humans in works which tantalize the senses, the intellect, and the passions. From adaptations of classics to excursions into vaudevillian existentialism, Imago's repertoire is as vast as the forms they shape. With commissions for stage, film, and television, Imago blurs the lines of the expected to break new ground, exploding performance boundaries yet maintaining humor and humanity.
Imago Theatre tours internationally while also producing a season at its home base in Portland, Oregon. The company's critically acclaimed productions FROGZ and ZooZoo have played at the prestigious New Victory Theatre on Broadway.
"A mastery of mime, dance and acrobatics."
-THE NEW YORK TIMES