clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Right up our alley

Ms. Saltz of the _NYT_ covers a great piece of theatre that is right up out idological bent :

“Hanafuda Denki (A Tale of Fantastic Traditional Playing Cards)”

The story revolves around a funeral home which itself is run by a family of the dead. Conflict emerges as the daughter falls for a live young man.

While I have not read this play yet, you can bet I will. Oh - did I mention it is a musical ?

From Ms. Saltz story (I couldn't describe this better so am including her words here):

The brainchild of Shuji Terayama, a Japanese playwright, filmmaker and all-around artistic provocateur (he died in 1983), “Hanafuda” claims a debt to Brecht and Weill’s “Threepenny Opera.” That influence comes not in story but in style: the mordant humor, the catchy, poppy songs (by Makoto Honda) and the tweaking of social orthodoxies. 

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