Behind the curtain: Kabuki theater

Learn what it takes to bring you first-rate Japanese costume drama.

Photo: Shochiku

Click the top-left image of the photo gallery at left to see a slide show on the creation of this production.

The last time the famed Kabuki troupe Heisei Nakamura-za visited from Tokyo, three years ago, the Lincoln Center Festival built from scratch a tent duplicating a Kabuki theater. This time around, the company is performing Nakawa Shimesuke’s 1784 comic play, Hokaibo, at Avery Fisher Hall—but that venue will look very different from the way it does for the New York Philharmonic. Here’s how they did it.

Hokaibo plays at Avery Fisher Hall Tue 17–Sun 22.