Poetry name: Rit˘
Existence: 1733 ~ the 15th day of the 5th lunar month of 1772
Master: Onoe Kikugor˘ I
Brother: Onoe Kumesuke
Disciples: Onoe Monzabur˘ I, Onoe Kumez˘, Onoe Kumaz˘
1733: born in Ky˘to.
1749: Montar˘ starts his career in Ky˘to, where he performs as an iroko.
1750: Montar˘ becomes wakaonnagata.
1753: Montar˘ becomes tachiyaku.
11th lunar month of 1753: Montar˘ performs in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Futaba no Nishiki Midori no Onikage", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I; his stage partners are the actors Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III, Fujioka Daikichi, Imamura Shichisabur˘ II, Arashi Tominosuke I and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1754: Montar˘ plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which is produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama is in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].
11th lunar month of 1756: Montar˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of the wakat˘ Sodesuke, in reality Ecchű no Saburobŕ, in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Bimandai Kuniiri Kamakura Kagami", which is produced in Ky˘to by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I. He changes the first ideogram of his first name:
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1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which is simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It used its real title at the former theater but it was entitled "Keisei Niwatoriyama" at the latter theater; Montar˘ plays in the latter theater the role of Kan˘nosuke Naonobu.
Fall 1759: Montar˘ goes to Edo.
Spring 1760: Montar˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year drama "Katachi-ni Kage Masakado Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.
2nd lunar month of 1760: a fire breaks out in the district of Kanda and spreads to Sűzaki in Fukagawa. It destroys both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza; It is called "Akashiya no Kaji" ("the Akashiya fire"), based on the name of the shop where it started.
Fall 1760: Montar˘ goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1760: Montar˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of the yakko Teruhei in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.
11th lunar month of 1761: Montar˘ plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of Minamoto no Raik˘ in Amano Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Mineiri Futaba Genji", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1767: Montar˘ and his brother Onoe Kumesuke produce at the Kitagawa no Shibai the kaomise drama "Daikokuten", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Yasuke and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ II; Montar˘ plays the roles of Kano no Utanosuke and the zat˘ Kazahaya Kengyo.
11th lunar month of 1769: Montar˘ performs in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Asahimaru Genji Kagami", which is produced by his younger brother Onoe Kumesuke, welcomes in the Imperial City the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II and his son Sawamura Tanosuke I and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Shingor˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1771: Montar˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shares the same rank with Nakamura Jűz˘ II and Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘ I. Montar˘ plays in the same theater the role of Imagawa Nakaaki in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei ďe no Kishi". This is his last-recorded appearance on stage.
15th day of the 5th lunar month of 1772: Montar˘ dies in Ky˘to.
Onoe Montar˘ was a talented Ky˘to tachiyaku actor, who was active in his native city from the end of the 1740s to the beginning of the 1770s. Well-endowed, he was said to have a great stage presence. With the exception of a short stay in Edo, he made all his career in Ky˘to. It is worthy to note that he has never performed, even once, in ďsaka.
Onoe Montar˘ in a print made by Torii Kiyomasu II (1760?)
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