USER (06Feb07): I am contributing this article from Japan.
As I am interested in the future of this play in UK, I would like to keep watching carefully English theater fansf response to this play.
Mr. Kouki Mitani originally wrote this funny playfs script.
The original Kouki Mitani's script is based upon the story of Mr. Sakae Kikutani
, the scenarist. Who wrote many comedy scripts for the famous comedy actor Mr. Kenichi Enomoto i.e.gChaplin, Charliehin Japan.
When Mr. Kenichi Enomoto was confered a decoration in 1950, he said that
This decoration was not given to me but to the Mr. Sakae Kikutanifs great scenarios.
During the World War II, in Japan the government suppressed scriptwriters harshly for fear lest the comedies would spread of the lazy atmosphere.
Mr. Sakae Kikutani fought this harsh censorship with incredible patience and managed the theatrical company in those gPassion@periodh.
But he was conscripted for military service and eventually become fallen soldier in China during the World War II.
So for me, The Last Laugh is not a comedy but very special tragicomedy.
This was put on the play in Russia successfully.
I thought that Russian people experienced the same severe censorship in the past.
I guess that is one of the reasons why they could understand this tragicomedy correctly.
Thank you reading the foreignerfs strange English to the end.
And hope that English fans would enjoy this funny play to their heart's content.