Likay—and Street Food! - Jim Wageman

Likay, a popular form of musical folk drama, is performed at village festivals and temple fairs by traveling troupes of actors. It employs broad, at times bawdy, often spontaneous comedy, political satire, and social commentary, all to the accompaniment of both Thai classical and Thai folk music. Likay derives in part from khon—classical Thai theater originally performed solely at the royal court, in which masked dancers portray episodes from the Ramkien, the Thai version of the Ramayana—and in part from the more expansive lakhon, which embraces broader themes and includes folk dancing.