The Tolucan Times
Teahouse of the August Moon" is a Classic At Secret Rose
"This play has great dialogue, and is both funny and thoughtful in this cultural battle of wills ... this show is fine for the whole family."
"The Teahouse of the August Moon" is a popular award winning play that has a staying power that lasts through the decades. Taking place after the end of World War II in Okinawa, the play follows the efforts of Army Occupation officer Captain Fisby stationed in a remote village. Assigned to teach Democracy to the natives, they turn the tables and teach him about their lives and customs. Fisby finds himself in possession of a first class geisha and succumbs to the will of the majority by using the materials sent to him to build a school and builds a teahouse instead.
Fisby convinces the people to begin brewing potato brandy that is then sold to Army officer clubs. But the office in charge, Colonel Purdy, believe Captain Fisby is not following the plan. Of course, he's not. The natives have a plan of their own.
This play has great dialogue, and is both funny and thoughtful in this cultural battle of wills. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, and the Critics' Circle Award, this is one of the most successful plays of the modern theater. Even if you have seen it before, it is fun to see again. And, if you have never seen it, here's your chance. This show is fine for the whole family.
Many of the main roles are double cast. The evening I saw this play, Paul Denniston as Fisby did a wonderful job. He is sort of cross between Michael J. Fox and Tony Randall. Keisuke Hoashi as Fisby's native guide does a sweet job in the role of Sakini. Tony Matthews is a down to details Colonel Purdy. The remaining cast members all do a fine job.