Two men on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, one of whom
lapses into Yiddish in the middle of his Japanese. That's the
Tokyo production of Visiting Mr. Green, which played in
Kobe as well.
When Jeff Baron was invited to see the production, he was
warned that Japanese audiences wouldn't be very
demonstrative in terms of audible responses, but they
laughed and cried the same as audiences everywhere.
From his author's note in the Japanese program:
I was standing backstage at the Union Square Theatre
after a performance of Visiting Mr. Green, and a
familiar face appeared. It was Whoopi Goldberg, who
said, "Everyone in the world should see this play.
People in Japan should see this play."
I never imagined an audience for this play outside of
New York, but I've come to learn that as human
beings, wherever we live, whatever our religion,
whatever our culture, we are more alike than
different. Families are the same throughout the world,
and generations struggle to understand one another
everywhere. I find that reassuring.
The first page of the
Japanese text of Visiting Mr.
Green, translation by
Daisaku Hirakawa. The
production was by the
Hyogo Performing Arts
Yamazaki, Artistic Director.
The director was Greg Dale.