Reviewed and Recorded by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Imagine my surprise…
when two razor sharp female wits and one hilarious empress of 11th century Japan, trotted out saucy, a la CLUELESS banter, skillfully articulated and elegantly styled. It was clear, UNRIVALED is masterfully done.
Billed as the ‘ultimate frenemy story’… 2 revered female Japanese poets and 1 hilarious empress trot out saucy, a la CLUELESS banter. UNRIVALED is masterfully done. @GiaMedia3 @BostonCourt #theater #theatre #reviewTweet
Written by Rosie Narasaki
Directed by Margaret Shigeko Starbuck
A World Premiere Production and Co-Production with Boston Court and Playwrights’ Arena
Playing March 16 – April 23, 2023 – Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
Run time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Tickets and Information:
Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N Mentor Ave. Pasadena, CA 91106
Prices: $22 – $47
Cindy Nguyễn, Katie Kitani, Chelsea Yakura-Kurtz and David Huynh
Scenic Design: Yuki Izumihara
Costume Design: Jana Ai Morimoto
Lighting Design: Henry Tran
Sound Design: Alyssa Ishii
Properties Design: Jesse Soto
Research Dramaturg: Lynne K. Miyake
Photo by Brian Hashimoto: Chelsea Yakura-Kurtz as SeiShonagon, Cindy Nguyen as EmpressTeishi, and Katie KItani as Murasaki Shikibu.
11th century Ladies-in-Waiting Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon are, to this day, two of Japan’s most beloved writers.
They also kind of hated each other.
This play is about friendship, heartbreak, and what it means to be a female artist. Perhaps most of all, it’s about how no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same… even after a thousand years.
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