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What is kabuki theatre? How is this term used in American politics?

Posted on by Kieran McGovern

Kabuki theatre is classical Japanese dance-drama with very stylised action, masks and heavy make-up. It dates back to the early 17th century. As in the original Shakespeare productions all the actors are men

In politics the term is used to describe theatrical behaviour - a dramatic press conference, for example - designed to get media attention rather than concrete results.