Talking Pinter with Leveaux; an 'authorized' interaction

May 28, 2014

Talking Pinter with Leveaux; an 'authorized' interaction

When we met last weekend, the world-renowned English theater director David Leveaux was relaxing with a cigarette “in the lovely sunshine” outside a rehearsal studio by Tokyo Bay. He was there for an intensive afternoon’s work with the three Japanese actors who form the ...

Shirai triumphs with 'The Tempest'

May 21, 2014

Shirai triumphs with 'The Tempest'

“I’d like ‘The Tempest’ I am creating to be on the smallest scale ever, but as it’s a very spacious stage at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, it won’t have the most compact set. Nonetheless, I will try to present it as stories from ...

'The Big Fellah' IRA drama entertains as it also elucidates

May 14, 2014

'The Big Fellah' IRA drama entertains as it also elucidates

Written by English playwright Richard Bean, and premiered in London in 2010, “The Big Fellah” spans 30 years in the lives of U.S. supporters of the Irish Republican Army as that movement fought to sever Northern Ireland’s ties to the United Kingdom and unify ...

TACT promises a globe-trotting Golden Week glow for all ages

Apr 30, 2014

TACT promises a globe-trotting Golden Week glow for all ages

“Baaa, baaa, ba-aaa” — many Tokyoites sheepishly making their way from JR Ikebukuro Station to their workplaces or the shops stopped in their tracks when they heard a strange bleating coming from the open-plan plaza basement of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre by West Gate Park ...

Arts Council Tokyo sets its sights high

Apr 16, 2014

Arts Council Tokyo sets its sights high

“For decades, many people involved in the arts — including producers, creators, administrators and academics — were pointing to the need for an overall arts-policy body in Tokyo, and finally Arts Council Tokyo came into being in November 2012,” its program director, Yuko Ishiwata, ...

Morticia's odd clan spell laughs with a local bent

Apr 9, 2014

Morticia's odd clan spell laughs with a local bent

If the Kennedys could be said to be American royalty, then the famed Addams family would surely be satirical pretenders to their antithesis. Gothic, seemingly immortal and nothing if not weird, this wacky clan with a taste for the creatively macabre first appeared in ...

Obsessions bared over a dead dog in the night

Apr 2, 2014

Obsessions bared over a dead dog in the night

“It’s f-cking amazing! I don’t know what else to say. I’m really happy and really moved and I’m so humble about that.” One of the most influential, magnetic — and busy — English playwrights at work today, 43-year-old Simon Stephens opened his round eyes ...

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

Mar 19, 2014

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

“We always start creating our next work by having a meeting with everyone involved in the drama club,” high school teacher Michiko Ishii explained. “We discuss what is actually happening around us and what we should focus on in the next play. So, what ...