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For Mana Katsura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Theater's magic brings wonderful 'War Horse' to life

Aug 6, 2014

Theater's magic brings wonderful 'War Horse' to life

It is now 100 years since the start of World War I, which claimed close to 17 million lives before it ended in November 1918. Hence the Tokyo opening of “War Horse” — a play set during that so-called “war to end war” — ...

Diverse joys unite distant theater fests

Jul 23, 2014

Diverse joys unite distant theater fests

In early summer this year, I went to the famous theater festivals in two European cities — first the Theater der Welt 2014, which ran May 23-June 8 in the war-blitzed and rebuilt southwest German city of Mannheim, then to the Sibiu International Theatre ...

'The Bee' in Paris: Take #2

May 28, 2014

'The Bee' in Paris: Take #2

Last week, the Stage page featured a Paris resident’s take on an English-language version of “The Bee,” a disturbing drama cowritten by Hideki Noda and Irish playwright Colin Teevan that was performed there this month in a 300-seat section of the Theatre de Chaillot. ...

'Lady Bess' set to make grand Tokyo entrance

Apr 9, 2014

'Lady Bess' set to make grand Tokyo entrance

April 13 is a big day for theatergoers in Tokyo, as it sees the world premiere of “Lady Bess,” a musical by the world-renowned team of German writer Michael Kunze and Hungarian composer Sylvester Levay, with famed hit-maker Shuichiro Koike directing. Considering the play ...