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Takarazuka's musical gives the Bard new life

Jan 26, 2016

Takarazuka's musical gives the Bard new life

Marking four centuries since the death of William Shakespeare in 1616, the 101-year-old all-female Takarazuka Revue company is currently staging a new musical titled “Shakespeare: The Sky Filled With Eternal Words” at its Takarazuka Grand Theater in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, ahead of a Tokyo ...

'New' Kyoto theater promises a mighty arts boost

Dec 22, 2015

'New' Kyoto theater promises a mighty arts boost

More than half a century since it opened in 1960 as one of Japan’s first multipurpose cultural centers, and almost exactly four years after its doors last closed, the Kyoto Kaikan will be reborn transformed on Jan. 10 as the ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Sited ...

Asia Series casts F/T's net wide

Oct 27, 2015

Asia Series casts F/T's net wide

Aiming to foster regional theater links through research, fieldwork and creative exchange, Festival/Tokyo last year launched its new Asia Series, focused then on South Korea. This year it’s the turn of Myanmar, with three artists from the evolving scene there being introduced to F/T ...

New Ishinha performance taps timeless 'Twilight' zone

Aug 25, 2015

New Ishinha performance taps timeless 'Twilight' zone

Tokyo may be Japan’s performing-arts hub, but a growing number of artists are swapping the strictures of its cultural marketplace for the creative and lifestyle benefits of life outside the capital. For the Osaka-based Ishinha theater company, however, there’s nothing new about that. In ...

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

Jul 21, 2015

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

The sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is set to start July 26 in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture, north-central Honshu. Though this mountainous region is known for picturesque wintry snowscapes and lush green summer rice fields, it is beset with the socio-economic ...

Orpheus descends on Japan

Apr 28, 2015

Orpheus descends on Japan

Of all U.S. playwright Tennessee Williams’s many major works — including “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Glass Menagerie” — “Orpheus Descending,” which opens in Tokyo next week with a star-studded Japanese cast and multi-award-winning English director Phillip Breen at the helm, is among ...

Takarazuka double-bill special marks the end of a Star star's era

Feb 25, 2015

Takarazuka double-bill special marks the end of a Star star's era

The 101-year-old all-female Takarazuka Revue company is currently staging a double bill of “Like a Black Panther” and “Dear Diamond!!” at its Takarazuka Grand Theater in the city of Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, prior to a long Tokyo run from late March that will see ...

'Flies' festers at core of family life

Jan 7, 2015

'Flies' festers at core of family life

Central to William Golding’s dystopian novel “Lord of the Flies” is the notion of violence as a social construct. “Maybe there is a beast … maybe it’s only us,” says the protective Simon before a hostile assembly of other schoolboys marooned on the uninhabited ...

Uyama's new 'Lear' acts his age

Jan 7, 2015

Uyama's new 'Lear' acts his age

“You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both!” (“King Lear,” Act 2, Scene 4) ‘King Lear” is often seen as a rite of passage for actors, one of the ultimate roles to conquer ...