Japanese performance art and the B-film Road House: Leave it to the Boo Town theater troupe to bring them together. Benshi is a form of Japanese performance art that originated in the silent film era. While American audiences were reading title cards and listening to live music, Japanese audiences enjoyed a narrator who would not only deliver the lines but would offer commentary and maybe even recite poetry related to the story, all while backed by traditional Japanese instruments.
Boo Town presents Mijo, a modified benshi performance of Patrick Swayze’s bouncer movie Road House today with three narrators. In the 1989 film, Swayze arrives in Jasper, Missouri, and gets a job at a violent night spot. In his efforts to clean up the bar, he runs afoul of a corrupt local businessman, and a war of attrition escalates between the two men as the town burns down around them. Only the rugged Swayze, with his iron will — and fighting ability that allows him to rip out a man’s throat with his bare hands — stands between right and wrong. (We can’t wait to hear what the narrators say about that!)
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8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11:55 p.m. March 16. Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh. For information, visit www.bootown.org. Pay-what-you-will.
Fri., March 9, 8 & 10 p.m.; Fri., March 16, 1 & 11:55 p.m., 2012