"Takarazuka!!!"

David Henry Hwang Theater

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In a Nutshell

The star of an all-female Japanese revue reluctantly faces her upcoming retirement—and finds herself struggling with societal gender roles

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Promotional value expires Dec 7, 2014. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Redeem day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at David Henry Hwang Theater. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects East West Players' current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • One ticket to East West Players’ Takarazuka!!!
  • When: select dates, November 26–December 6 at 8 p.m.; choose a showtime upon purchase.
  • Where: David Henry Hwang Theater
  • Door time: 7 p.m.
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

Ticketing Options

  • $14 for balcony seating at a Wednesdays or Thursday performance (up to $32 value)
  • $17 for orchestra seating at a Wednesdays or Thursday performance (up to $37 value)
  • $17 for balcony seating at a Friday or Saturday performance (up to $37 value)
  • $19 for orchestra seating at a Fridays or Saturday performance (up to $42 value)

Takarazuka!!!

When the Takarazuka opened in 1913 with a repertoire of lavish Broadway-style numbers, the all-female theatre troupe was a symbol of a swiftly Westernizing Japan and the recent invention of music. But as the curtain opens on playwright Susan Soon He Stanton’s supernatural history, the year is 1975 and the Takarazuka has become a venerable tradition of its own. Yuko is the company’s premiere otokoyaku—a woman who plays the male roles—and her time in the spotlight is about to come to a close as retirement looms. As she faces life off-stage, she struggles to reconcile the power she was afforded as a male on-stage with the realities of society’s expectations of women. When the play debuted in 2012, Time Out New York called it “compelling not only as a viscerally satisfying behind-the-curtain melodrama, but also as a haunting parable on fractured cultural identity.” The LA Times calls it a “handsome production,” while LA Downtown News notes that the play, “[examines] the complicated world of the revue and how it impacts stars.”

East West Players

Art can be a bridge that spans oceans. Established in 1965, the East West Players have dedicated themselves to celebrating Asian Pacific performance in the United States. From their beginnings as a collective of nine Asian-American artists who sought more interesting roles than the stereotypes Hollywood had to offer, they've become one of the most active and creative theatrical forces in the country. They've premiered more than 100 plays and musicals about the Asian Pacific experience, and their David Henry Hwang Theater (named after the famous playwright, an alum) sees more than 10,000 audience members every year.

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    120 Judge John Aiso Street

    Ste C

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    +12136257000

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