A Gekidan Miyama performance is like taking a trip through time, with elements from the past intertwining with modern flourishes. However, there’s one modern flourish that the traveling theater troupe could do without — COVID-19.

Gekidan Miyama normally sells out shows up and down the country, but as with many theater companies around the world it faces an uncertain future. When I speak to the troupe’s leader, Takashi Nakamura, in March, the crowd at one show is sparse — great for keeping your distance from others, not so great for the box office.

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