The Japan Society in NY is hosting an exhibit on Japanese theatre through Feb. 1. The exhibit covers all of Japan's wide-ranging array of theatre, from its 4th-century shamanistic roots to the classics of noh, bunraku (puppet theatre with life-size puppets, which takes its name from the name of the theatre where it has been housed in Japan since 1909) and kabuki. Also included is a section on contemporary drama, which has elements in common with Western "fringe" theatre.
The collection consists of costumes, masks, ukiyo-e prints, props, posters, videos and memorabilia.
The exhibit has been co-organized by the Japan Foundation in collaboration with the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum at Tokyo's Waseda University.
The Japan Society is located at 333 E. 47th St. For exhibit hours, call (212) 752-0824.
-- By Rebecca Paller