Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo

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Recently the emcee of the G20 in Osaka, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo comes to Times Square. Called the King of Kimono Comedy, Rakugo is the 400-year-old Japanese traditional art of comic storytelling, currently there are only 800 Rakugo Masters. Hailing from Canada, Sunshine is the only Western Rakugo Master in the world and star of NHK Worldwide, he is hilarious, charming, universally funny and yet so very Japanese. Sunshine is the perfect performer to bridge the gap between the East and the West, in a hilarious style. Critics have raved "A delight, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo is funny and exciting. If you're looking for a good way to laugh and forget your troubles this is the show for you!" and "Funny and delightfully intimate with a feeling of improvisation that makes it easy to love."

With a minimal set, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by traditional stories.


Thursdays: 8:00 pm

Saturdays: 8:00 pm

New World Stages Stage II

(New York, NY)
340 West 50th Street
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by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2017
This November, the SoHo Playhouse will host celebrated comic storyteller, Katsura Sunshine, as he brings Rakugo (November 16- December 3), the 400 -year-old art of Japanese comic storytelling, to New York City, along with a workshop of the wildly hilarious Guilty Noodle, a new show in the making, a unique, multi-media comic collaboration starring Katsura Sunshine and Katsumi Sakakura (November 7-12).
by Emily Stubbs - Oct 20, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017
This month, the SoHo Playhouse is hosting celebrated comic storyteller, Katsura Sunshine, as he brings Rakugo (runing tonight, November 16, through December 3), the 400-year-old art of Japanese comic storytelling, to New York City.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2019
Executive Producers Steven Honigman and Joe Trentacosta in association with Yumi Shinozaki and The Yoshimoto Creative Agency of Japan introduce the internationally renowned performer Katsura Sunshine to New York City with Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo with a special Valentine's Day weekend special presentation before its full Off-Broadway run this Spring. Four performances only, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo will perform Thursday, February 14 - Sunday, February 17, 2019 at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46 Street, 3rd Floor).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
Celebrated, internationally renowned performer Katsura Sunshine will bring the ancient Japanese art of Rakugo to New York in Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo for its official Off-Broadway debut at New World Stages beginning September 19, press and running through January 4, 2020.