I’m sorry, but this is a profoundly boring show. Being fluent in
Japanese might help since it’s all talk and no action, but I
sincerely doubt it. It’s some kind of meta play within the play about
Alexander the Great, with Asa as the actor Alex playing “A
rex”. Few actors could save a show like this and Asa is not one of
them. We mostly see her neutral or vaguely sceptical face as other
people talk and then some angsting, which is not her most convincing
genre. There is zero opportunity for her great smoulder mode.
This was Yashiro Kou’s send-off so she gets a big role (perhaps even
bigger than Asa’s), which is good. Izumo Aya is in it too, as Athena
in a communist-style uniform with floor-length tight skirt (what’s
with those impractical long uniform skirts in zuka?). Kiriyan plays
Dionysus in hippie gear, though without obviously representing any
dionysian principle - she only gets to very subtly homoerotically
tempt Asa. Masao has a smallish role as one of Alexander’s men.
The DVD includes the dress rehearsal of a jazzy finale which was for
some reason never performed. I love jazzy finales but it feels a
little lackluster - maybe because they don’t get any energy from
the audience since there is none. I still think the audience sitting
through this show deserved a finale! Maybe the director, Ogita
Kouichi, thought it didn’t go well enough together with the play.
He’s the one who made these thought-out revues where all the numbers
blend together seamlessly: King Solomon’s Ring, Tuxedo Jazz,
Tarantella!, Romantica Takarazuka, Passage.
instead of writing about young women who fall for mysterious and aloof men with borderline abusive behaviour (sometimes even crossing said border) write about young women who fall for mysterious and aloof men who turn out to be glamorous japanese crossdressing women:
“you’re tall and graceful with an impossible voice and killer dance moves”
“say it. out loud.”
-otokoyaku who looks suspiciously like kiriyan starts doing jazz hands-
“do you glitter in the sunlight?”
“i also glitter under stage lights.”
“why can’t we be together?”
“because i swore a vow of chastity before entering the music school.” (beat) “also it’d cause a big scandal and i don’t want you involved in it.”
the stagelight saga, with stagelight, new costumes, glitterclipse, and breaking featherbutts