“I always believed it was taboo to portray madness on stage, and I never dared to do it before,” Hideki Noda writes in the program notes to “Urikotoba (Fighting talk/Words for sale),” his latest enterprise as writer/director, now playing at Spiral Hall in Tokyo’s Aoyama district.
It is true that insanity, by its often sensational nature, may serve to grab an audience’s attention. However, in this dramatization from the celebrated poetry anthology “Chieko Shou” by Kotaro Takamura (1883-1956), Noda — fresh from his Grand Prix award for his groundbreaking kabuki production of “Togitatsu no Utare (Togitatsu’s Revenge)” at last month’s Asahi Performing Arts Prize — spurns any populist angles and instead delves deep into the nature of love and devotion, and of dreams and dreamers.
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