Demonstrating once again its dedication to multicultural theater, Glendale's Luna Playhouse presents a fairly successful set of Japanese one-acts billed as "Two Plays by Yukio Mishima."
It's an intriguing evening for which the only real complaint lies in the productions' pacing.
Playwright Yushio Mishima's works "Hanjo" and "The Lady Aoi" bookend the performance with a pair of traditional Japanese interludes serving as a short supporting program.
In "Hanjo," a struggling artist played by Hiroko Imai obsesses over her live-in model as the characters' true back-story is revealed.
Her kimono-clad model, played by Kazumi Zatkin, is a mentally disturbed former geisha pining for a long-lost client.
When the object of her desire, played with stoic strength by Yutaka Takeuchi, arrives to reclaim her, it's apparent that this triangle of unrequited love will remain forever unresolved.
Aramazd Stepanian directs this piece clearly paying attention to details. Movement is minimal, and two handheld fans play an important part in the storyline.