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Theatre of Yugen's
A Noh Christmas Carol

“WITH A CLEVER PRODUCTION TEAM AND SKILLFUL CAST, ISHIMARU HAS CREATED AN EVOCATIVE VERSION OF DICKENS’ TALE BASED ON A POETIC 1993 ADAPTATION, WITH SOME FAMILIAR DIALOGUE, BY THEATRE OF YUGEN FOUNDER YURIKO DOI." 

                                -LESLIE KATZ, SF EXAMINER

"THE MARVELOUS ZOE CHIEN PLAYS ALL OF THE MEN, INCLUDING SCROOGE'S CLERK, IN THIS FRESH TAKE ON THE CLASSIC HOLIDAY TALE."

             -VINCE, VMEDIA THEATRE ARTS REVIEWS

"MYSTERIOUS, SUSPENSEFUL, AND ALIVE WITH POSSIBILITY...THE PERFORMERS ACQUIT THEMSELVES WELL UNDER ISHIMARU'S DIRECTION, WHICH KEEPS EACH SCENE TWINKLING AND TINGLING. THEY NICELY EXECUTE THE DELIBERATE MOVEMENT, SPEECH, AND DEMEANOR THE CLASSIC JAPANESE FORMS DEMAND. A NOH CHRISTMAS CAROL IS A CALMING, SATISFYING EAST-MEETS-WEST JOURNEY." 

                                                                                                                          -LILY JANIAK, SF CHRONICLE