(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/9.)
Behold the mighty samurai, standing tall and vigilant, their hard faces fixed in forbidding scowls. Tremble as they draw their long swords and assume their martial positions. Watch as they stumble and fall, shouting at one another like forcibly separated school bullies, after having had their ankles tied to those of three other men. Observe them as, still solemn-faced, they join a ritualistic chorus line, dancing delightfully across the stage to what sounds like accordion tango music.
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