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Comic Theater from Japan Comes to the Wang Center

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Literally “mad words,” Kyogen originated during the samurai era and features humorous stories of daily life laced with biting social satire. Kyogen, the 600-year-old Japanese classical comic theater, uses exuberant facial expressions, an extremely high level of vocal and physical control, stock characters, gentle humor, dialogue, and mime to celebrate and poke fun at humanity.

This program is performed by the artists of the Yamamoto family, led by Yamamoto Noritoshi, designated as an Intangible Cultural Asset by the Japanese Government. The six-city North American tour of Yamamoto Kyogen Company is organized and produced by the Japan Society, New York, and is supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The Wang Center event is co-sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook.

Tickets for the show on Monday, March 22, at 7:00 pm in the Wang Theatre are $35 for VIP; $20 for general admission; $15 for seniors; and $10 for students. Groups of five or more receive a 20-percent discount.

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