Kabuki Greats Domestic Dramas
- by The Violet Club
The second of three books about the kabuki theatre of Japan introduces sixteen ‘sewamono’ plays, or domestic dramas. These plays are mostly from the Edo period and depict contemporary events involving colourful casts of commoners and outlaws. The plays, however, only depict events as they are, and refrain from taking any specific stance on good or evil, for instance. They feature realistic depictions of characters, including relatively subdued costumes, scripting, and performances, but also recreate the ambience of old Edo on stage in a charming way. The selection of works presented in this volume is balanced between plays from both the Kanto and Kansai regions.