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Chinese Drama- The classical Chinese theater developed during the Yuan dynasty Springing from story cycles made familiar by professional storytellers Yuan plays relied for their appeal on romantic or sentimental plots During the Ming dynasty the drama utilized the plots of popular novels Until the 19th century Chinese drama was not spoken it was a mixture of music and declamation It is frequently infused with sadness Often involving the deaths of women Chinese drama was written for a popular audience and dramatic performances took place in virtually every village In the West Chinese drama has traditionally been regarded as entertainment rather than a serious art form In Chinese drama no attempt is made at realism props and scenery are symbolic for instance a flag represents an army the property man is present on stage characters at times directly address the audience Often only parts of plays are performed or scenes are performed in random sequence Among the masterpieces of Chinese drama are The Injustice Suffered by Tou F - Kuan Han-hsaing The Western Chamber by Wang Shi-fu The Orphan of the House of Chao- Chi Chun-hsaing all 12through 15th cent The Peony Pavilion by Tang Hsien-tsu 16th cent The Palace of Long Life by Hung Sheng 17th cent Japanese Drama- Rakugo is a form of comical storytelling where a Rakugoka creates an imaginary drama though narration and skillful use of articulation and facial expression to show various characters It uses no scenery or props except a tenugui small towel and a sensu fan With a fan the performers represent objects such as a pipe chopsticks spears sword and hammers Tenugui are used to represent books or a wallet The word Rakugo is made up of two characters raku meaning drop or fall and go meaning word Although there are some exceptions Rakugo stories and with an ochi or punchline The history of storytelling can be
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