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The Wind Telephone

 

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With a description like, "A grieving Japanese man builds a phone booth in his garden to talk to his dead cousin," I went into The Wind Telephone under the impression that It was going to be a performance that would tap into the supernatural and spiritual. Instead, the result is a man wearing all black, preaching his self-help seminar about grief, depression, and pain. It's unfortunate because the performance takes inspiration from an admirable real life story about Itaru Sasaki, a man who built a telephone box as a form of therapy to call his lost loved ones after a devastating earthquake in Japan. Maybe it was due to the show ending at 1 a.m., but the performance seemed exhausting to the point of its own demise. The actor is by no means untalented. His acting—while, loud, verbose, and animated—is effective. The scenes where he switching between different family members, almost to the point of tears, calling their deceased loved ones is powerful, but brief. It's a shame most of the performance is not him acting, but him delivering a sermon to audience about how no one knows how to deal with his or her own pain. Reviewed by Stephan Boissonneault.
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  • 11:45 pm - 2017/08/17
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