Please see Key Kabuki Words - kabuki terms in the program page of "Wagoto: Ladies' Man as Hero"
Kawatake Mokuami (1816 – 1893) was the last great playwright of kabuki and many of his plays are reworkings of stories and themes from the entire history of kabuki. He not only wrote plays at the end of the Edo period, he also wrote kabuki plays after the Meiji Restoration in 1868, some of them on new themes. Since the shogunate censored real history plays during the Edo period, he wrote plays closer to actual history and he also wrote plays that showed the world of westernizing and modernizing Meiji Japan.
In his pure kabuki plays, Mokuami is particularly famous for his plays about thieves, like Kochiyama in this program and Benten, the Thief in a previous program. He is also known for his poetic speeches often in the rhythm called "shichi-go cho (seven-five rhythm)" with lines alternating seven and five syllables and featuring a rich vocabulary of poetic images ranging from the classical tradition to the daily life of the Edo period.
Please see Key Kabuki Words - kabuki terms in the program page of "Charming Villains"