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With a minimal set, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in a kimono, kneeling on a cushion, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, as he entertains the audience with the 400-year-old Japanese tradition of comic storytelling.

Sunshine is the first ever Western Rakugo storyteller in the history of the “Kamigata” Rakugo tradition, based in Osaka, and only the second ever in the history of Japan.

March theme is Dedicated to Sunshine's Experience of and

Two Traditional Stories about the Most Hilarious City and

Hilarious People in Japan - Osaka and Osakans!

“A Master Storyteller! Each yarn is laced with a bit of Sunshine!” - The New York Times

“A big, burly, blond Canadian with a bellowing, rapid-fire style! There is only one Sunshine!” - The New Yorker

“The king of Kimono Comedy! Sunshine had me in stitches!” - Reuters, New York

“The show is charming, thoughtful, and guaranteed to bring a sparkle!” - Broadway World, New York

The Tradition

Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. A minimalistic performance art, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, who, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story where the storyteller performs several characters.

Run Time

75min (no intermission)

Start Date

End Date


May be inappropriate for 8 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

New World Stages

340 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

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