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A Day In A Japanese Theatre

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This chapter describes the author's visit to a Japanese Theatre. One who would gain a just idea of the various qualities of a Japanese theatre its conspicuous merits and its flagrant faults, its contrasts of rude simplicity and lavish splendor, its swift successions of dexterous illusion and awkward disenchantment, its alternating incongruities of genuine dramatic taste and skill, and reckless defiance of aesthetic and human proprieties gives uninterrupted day to its study, going early, and leaving only when all is finished. The attention of the audience is arrested by a series of sharp sounds behind the curtain, caused by rapping two hard and solid blocks of wood together, a very common form of notification everywhere in Japan, and one which again suggests the French theatrical method of warning.

Keywords: dexterous illusion; Japanese Theatre; rude simplicity



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