Lindsay Nelson

For Lindsay Nelson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

For 'Once,' Broadway spurns glitz

Dec 3, 2014

For 'Once,' Broadway spurns glitz

Written and directed by John Carney, the award-winning 2006 musical film “Once” — a simple, bittersweet love story set in his hometown of Dublin and featuring wonderful music by co-stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — was perfect on its own. Wouldn’t a Broadway ...

New 'Dick Whittington' pantomime spells fun for all the family

Nov 19, 2014

New 'Dick Whittington' pantomime spells fun for all the family

Now a language-school teacher in Tokyo, Gareth Hinchley worked for Britain’s chief forestry agency before coming to Japan in 2005. Originally from Manchester, he’d done a bit of writing as a child but hadn’t pursued it seriously before he wrote “Dick Whittington,” the upcoming ...

'Forget Me Not' leaves an abiding impression

Oct 22, 2014

'Forget Me Not' leaves an abiding impression

Compagnie Philippe Genty’s “Forget Me Not” (“Ne m’oublie pas”) takes human beings and transforms them into puppets. And it takes puppets and makes them seem human. Occasionally, it combines puppets and humans until it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. ...

Oct 1, 2014

'Yama' brings ancient folk tales to life on stage

At one point in “Yama,” two actors become foxes just by pulling their conical straw hats down over their faces to give them pointy snouts. It’s an idea the play’s director, Andrew Wakatsuki-Robinson, got from headgear he saw at the ancient Yama-dera Temple in ...

Clowning gets serious in Slava's show

Aug 13, 2014

Clowning gets serious in Slava's show

“Slava’s Snowshow” feels like a dream — and occasionally a nightmare. Its surreal scenarios play out one after another on a stage set with seemingly oversized, fluffy blankets that give the audience a sense of being tucked inside a child’s bed. There’s no real ...

Mitani brings new life to a  love-suicide

Jul 30, 2014

Mitani brings new life to a love-suicide

If there’s one thing I never expected to see in a bunraku play, it was a disco ball. Similarly, a scene in which the leading lady has her nails done by a bevy of kimono-clad attendants. But if you’re the celebrated writer-actor-director Koki Mitani, ...

Outsider's 'Jacob' is a sensory feast

Jun 25, 2014

Outsider's 'Jacob' is a sensory feast

It’s hard to choose the most powerful visual moment in the New National Theater’s production of “19-Year-Old Jacob.” My vote would be for the opening scene when, after the audience has been in total darkness for more than a minute, a single sharp triangle ...

Outdoor kabuki marks Skytree anniversary

May 28, 2014

Outdoor kabuki marks Skytree anniversary

To commemorate the second anniversary of the May 22, 2012 opening of Tokyo Skytree, the leading kabuki actors Nakamura Shichinosuke and Onoe Matsuya last Saturday performed the popular dance-based piece “Dango-Uri” (“The Dumpling Sellers”) on an outdoor stage in the Sky Arena at the ...

PUK's children's puppet shows suspend disbelief for all ages

Apr 23, 2014

PUK's children's puppet shows suspend disbelief for all ages

Parents around the capital seeking entertainment options for young children over the next several weeks could do a lot worse than check out Puppet Theater PUK, where old and new stories will come to life in the hands of seasoned puppeteers. For this season, ...

'In the Heights' sizzles across distant cultures

Apr 9, 2014

'In the Heights' sizzles across distant cultures

I had a few reservations about the first Japanese production of “In the Heights,” the Broadway sensation nominated for 13 Tony awards in 2008. For one, neither of the female leads playing Nina and Vanessa seemed to have much musical-theater experience. I also wondered ...