Cava hope to help theater buffs feel fine

Jul 8, 2011

Cava hope to help theater buffs feel fine

Tokyo-based mime-theater company Cava is probably better known in Scotland than at home, but that could be about to change. Cava (pronounced “saba” in Japanese, an approximate rendering of the French greeting “ca va“) was voted “Pick of the Fringe” by the media at ...

Black Stripe gets weighty with new play

Jun 24, 2011

Black Stripe gets weighty with new play

Black Stripe Theater (BST) is the creation of three expatriates residing in Tokyo: Ian Martin, Walter Roberts and Chris Parham. They founded the company in 2007 after meeting through the 115-year-old foreigners’ theater company, Tokyo International Players. In starting BST, they had three main ...

Jun 17, 2011

SPAC says the show must go on in Shizuoka

Satoshi Miyagi, the artistic director of the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), admitted during a press conference in April that he had thought about calling off the center’s international theater festival following the March 11 disasters that hit Japan’s northeastern Tohoku region. Finally, though, ...

You're not alone in feeling lonely

Jun 16, 2011

You're not alone in feeling lonely

For playwright and director Ryuta Horai, the last two years have been a nonstop whirl of activity since “Mahoroba” (“A splendid location”) — his drama about four generations of women in a traditional rural family meeting up and feuding — won the highly prestigious ...

| Jun 5, 2011

Amon Miyamoto: Globe-trotting dramatist seeks new horizons

Fifty-three years ago, Amon Miyamoto was born into a world in which he grew up listening to spirited exchanges between leading lights from the stage and showbiz in his father’s coffee shop across from the modern-leaning Shinbashi Enbujo outpost of the venerable Kabuki-za theater ...

Globe-trotting dramatist seeks new horizons

| Jun 5, 2011

Globe-trotting dramatist seeks new horizons

Fifty-three years ago, Amon Miyamoto was born into a world in which he grew up listening to spirited exchanges between leading lights from the stage and showbiz in his father’s coffee shop across from the modern-leaning Shinbashi Enbujo outpost of the venerable Kabuki-za theater ...

'Bedge Pardon' rethinks famed Soseki sojourn

Jun 3, 2011

'Bedge Pardon' rethinks famed Soseki sojourn

“Bedge pardon?” Was a phrase that literary giant Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) scribbled into his diary while studying in London. He was describing how it sounded when a servant woman said “I beg your pardon” to him. But far from mocking the woman he nicknamed ...

Inspired by the West and re-made in Japan

May 12, 2011

Inspired by the West and re-made in Japan

Staging famous Western works, or those from well-known foreign playwrights, is an established feature of contemporary theater in Japan, with Japanese dramatists often adapting or reworking plays so they resonate more with domestic audiences. One such accomplished adaptation currently running in Tokyo is “Minatomachi ...

Is everyone in the world still patiently 'Waiting for Godot'?

Apr 22, 2011

Is everyone in the world still patiently 'Waiting for Godot'?

“Waiting for Godot” is a masterfully minimalist play that allegorically expresses how we all strive to keep at bay the sense of life’s ultimate futility. After all, there is only one certainty in our lives: our death. Often regarded as the seminal work of ...