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A Geisha Samurai (Shoko Ito / ITO-GUMI)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting from ‘A Geisha Samurai’. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t expecting a time-travelling samurai in mid-nineties Tokyo, designing video games and making himself sick eating too much ice-cream. If that sounds bonkers – it is. The plot is barely coherent; I am reasonably sure that the samurai is a metaphor – though I’m not sure what for. The play’s tragic conclusion is, I believe, autobiographical, relating to an incident in writer and star Shoko Ito’s own life. There’s no doubt that she is a talented physical performer and there are moments of gripping drama and surprising humour tucked away inside this show, but it is too baffling, illogical and nonsensical to recommend.

Paradise in the Vault, 6-12 Aug, 7.35pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andrew Leask]