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The Old Woman Abandoned in the Hills

The Old Woman Abandoned in the Hills (December 23, 1999. Special performance. Shite: Kuroemon Katayama)

The Well-Curb, The Shrine in the Fields, Matsukaze (The Wind in the Pines), The Courtesan of Eguchi, The Plantain, The Feather Robe, The Courtesan Yuya, The Old Woman Abandoned in the Hills, The Urin Monastery, The Cherry Blossoms and the Priest Saigyo, etc.

Third-group Noh are called Wig Pieces (kazura-mono) or Woman Noh, and their main characters are usually the spirits of beautiful women or young nobles, the spirits of plants, or celestial women, and almost every play of this category contains an elegant and graceful dance. Most of the plays in this group are fantasy Noh.

The Old Woman Abandoned in the Hills (Obasute) was written by Zeami. Act 1: On the night of harvest full moon, a traveling priest stops by Mt. Obasute, and there meets a woman (mae-shite) who tells him the legend about old women being abandoned on the mountain, relates the poem connected with the tale, and then disappears. Act 2: After a while, an old woman (nochi-shite) appears. In the bright moonlight, the old woman remembers days gone by and performs a quiet dance, only to disappear with the break of day. This play and two others, The Cypress Fence and Komachi at Sekidera, are often grouped together and called "the Three Old Women."

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