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Geki Noh (劇能)

A type of Noh that focuses on the internal struggles and psychology of the characters. The term is meant to contrast with Fūryū Noh, which more strongly emphasized performance elements, and does not mean “dramatic Noh,” as the kanji geki (“drama”) seems to imply. Noh plays can be classified into Mugen Noh, in which the entire play is a dream sequence or illusion, and Genzai Noh, plays that deal with events in the real world. Geki Noh can fall into either category. Mugen Noh includes plays such as Izutsu, Matsukaze and Yorimasa, and Genzai Noh plays such as Sumidagawa and Ataka.

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