|ÔTANI HIROEMON III|
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry names: Jicchô, Banfû
Existence: 1726 ~ 14th day of the 9th lunar month of 1790
Master: Ôtani Hiroji II
Son: Ôtani Kunizô II
6th lunar month of 1757: his master Ôtani Hiroji II dies.
2nd lunar month of 1769: the play "Sekitori Senryô Nobori", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1767 in Ôsaka at the Takemotoza, is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in Edo at the Moritaza; Hiroemon plays the role of Sawada Banryû [casting].
5th lunar month of 1769: Hiroemon plays at the Moritaza the role of Abe no Munetô in the drama "Ôshû Adachi-ga-Hara". His stage partners are Sakata Sajûrô I (Abe no Sadatô) and Iwai Hanshirô IV (Sodehagi).
11th lunar month of 1769: Hiroemon plays at the Moritaza the role of Taira no Kiyomori in the drama "Nani Takashi Kumoi no Yumihari".
9th lunar month of 1770: Chikamatsu Hanji's 1759 puppet theater drama "Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Hiroemon plays the role of a storyteller [casting].
Summer 1777: the book "Yakusha Sensakuron" ("About actors prying") is published in Edo. It gives some private information on actors. Edo readers learn that Hiroemon lives with his spouse Osumi and his son Kanematsu in the district of Hasegawa-Chô and his annual salary is 650 ryô.
3rd lunar month of 1779: Hiroemon plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the villain Ikyû in the drama "Sukeroku Sato no Yozakura". The roles of Sukeroku, Agemaki and the sake seller Shimbei are played by Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Iwai Hanshirô IV and Matsumoto Kôshirô IV.
1783 ~ 1784: Hiroemon settles in Ôsaka and is about to perform in a play produced by the zamoto Fujikawa Kikumatsu but he suddenly falls ill and is replaced by his son, an actor playing under the name of Nakamura Shinji.
Spring 1790: Hiroemon goes to Ôsaka, falls seriously ill and dies the 14th day of the 9th lunar month of 1790.
Ôtani Hiroemon III was a good katakiyaku actor, specialized in jitsuaku roles. He did not reach the jô-jô-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) level in the Edo hyôbanki but his best rank was not very far from it. Touring in Kamigata was not a good thing for this actor, who tried twice and fell seriously ill each time just after his arrival. The second trip was fatal.
Ôtani Hiroemon III in a print made by Katsukawa Shunshô
The Ôtani Hiroemon line of actors
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