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David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
Formerly New York State Theater 20 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023
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attended Jul 09 2010

I highly recommend this event if you have an appreciation for sophisticated comedies. Normally samurais are not associated with comedies, but this particular play did such a fantastic job that the audience was laughing hysterically much of the...continued

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“A fascinating meaning-of-life scenario that Inoue invests with side-splitting humor to craft a powerful, life-affirming message.” —The Japan Times


*Playwright Hisashi Inoue

Director Yukio Ninagawa

North American Premiere *

Lincoln Center Festival welcomes director Yukio Ninagawa back to the stage after sell-out performances in 2005. Musashi, a noh-inspired play that depicts a ruthless hunt for revenge circa 1600 between two samurai, is brought to light through intense drama and riotous comedy, featuring 28-year-old Japanese superstar Tatsuya Fujiwara.

Famed playwright Hisashi Inoue begins the saga with a showdown between Musashi and Kojiro, after which Kojiro is fatally defeated (whether or not Kojiro actually survived is unknown). The legend historically ends here, but Inoue continues to develop the plot. In this production, with its lush evocation of the countryside, the pair unexpectedly meets again six years later at a Zen temple, and agrees to a rematch.

The play is performed in Japanese with English supertitles.

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