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Toronto native Katsura Sunshine has experienced setbacks as a rakugo storyteller, the 400-year-old Japanese comedic art form, but he has not given up on a long-held dream to build a rakugo theater in the Big Apple.

Sunshine, who studied the traditional and unique form of verbal entertainment in Japan as an apprentice to rakugo master Katsura Bunshi VI — then Katsura Sanshi — for three years from 2008, recently began an off-Broadway run at the New World Stages in Manhattan.

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