Taking a step back from stereotypical American murder-mystery settings (you know, smoky detectives’ offices in the ’40s), Rashomon is a Japanese tale based on the killing of a samurai and the assault of his wife (Wednesday’s theatrical version, written in 1959, is based on the revered 1950 Akira Kurosawa film, which combined two original short stories written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa). Meeting the perfect balance between sensitive and brutal, delicate and powerful, this play taps into an incredibly graceful and dashingly stylish aesthetic. Focusing on the many sides to any “truth,” Rashomon uses that objective to keep the suspense heightened and all-consuming. If you’re a fan of whodunits, then let Rashomon take your interest to an international level.
Fri., March 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 2 p.m.; Wed., March 11, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., March 12, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 14, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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