February 12, 2009 |
Whatever story twists the writers are planning for ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," they couldn't possibly be as dramatic -- or at least as suspenseful, in the literal sense of something suspended that never seems actually to fall -- as the slow-motion goodbyes of cast members Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight. This particular bit of off-screen kabuki was heightened with a report from Us on Tuesday that quotes fellow cast member James Pickens as declaring that Heigl and Knight are as good as gone.
June 23, 2005 |
Created by a dancing hooker, Grand Kabuki has always been obsessed with sex for money. Like tango, it was born disreputable but was destined to become the symbol of a national culture. And unlike those Japanese forms of dance theater that teach you that the pleasures of this world are an illusion, Kabuki proclaims that the pleasures of this world are everything. Lose them and you might as well leave.
June 21, 2005 |
More than 50 years of caking on thick Kabuki makeup has done no apparent damage to Nakamura Ganjiro III's face, which is smooth and tanned, not pasty. It helps to have good skin -- and good makeup -- if you are a 73-year-old man who has to convince an audience you are a 19-year-old woman in love. But believability in the men-only art of Kabuki rests mostly on a male actor's skill in expressing the movements, voice and psychology of a woman.
July 23, 2004 |
"The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi," the latest entertainment from Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, isn't your average blind masseur-gambler-swordsman movie. Based on a series of popular genre standards, the film stars the multitalented auteur as an avenger who wanders the 19th century countryside in a platinum blond buzz cut while swinging the kind of lethal cane favored by William S. Burroughs.
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July 11, 2001 |
Ichimura Uzaemon, a Kabuki icon with encyclopedic knowledge of theater tradition, died Sunday at the age 84 of complications from lung cancer. "He is the last heavyweight in the Kabuki world," said theater critic Katsuyo Ito. "He learned directly from the old, legendary actors. He was such an important person in the community." Like many actors in the close-knit profession, Uzaemon was born into the job, the seventh generation of a family of Kabuki artists.
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April 5, 2001 |
Utaemon VI, one of the last of the great Kabuki actors, who helped nurture the traditional theater after World War II, has died. He was 84. Utaemon died of chronic respiratory failure at his home in Tokyo on March 31. An official funeral is planned for April 30. "Utaemon was instrumental in passing on the traditional form and style of Kabuki through the postwar years," said Toshio Kawatake, professor emeritus of arts at Tokyo's Waseda University.