'Ao no Ran' is a riproaring rhapsody in blue

May 13, 2015

'Ao no Ran' is a riproaring rhapsody in blue

by Kaori Shoji

“Ao no Ran” is the latest in the popular Geki×Cine series. To cut a long story short, Geki×Cine is a filmed stage production, but one done so meticulously that not a single moment of relevance or emotion is lost in the translating process. What ...

Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together

May 2, 2015

Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together

by Nobuko Tanaka

Public theaters across the country are holding significantly more community productions and workshops aimed at local residents who are looking to get involved in performance art. Undoubtedly that’s in part thanks to the pioneering work of the nation’s leading dramatist on the world stage, ...

Feb 23, 2015

Two Thai students to be sentenced for 'insulting' royals

Two young Thais accused of insulting the monarchy in a university play braced for sentencing Monday as the ruling junta intensifies its crackdown on perceived royal slurs under the kingdom’s controversial lese majeste law. Student Patiwat Saraiyaem, 23, and activist Porntip Mankong, 26, pleaded ...

Dec 22, 2014

Renowned British actress Billie Whitelaw dies at 82

British actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her intense collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, died on Sunday at the age of 82, her son told the BBC. Described by Beckett as the “perfect actress,” Whitelaw became the playwright’s muse and they created a series of ...

Legendary actress Lauren Bacall, star of 'The Big Sleep,' dies at 89

Aug 13, 2014

Legendary actress Lauren Bacall, star of 'The Big Sleep,' dies at 89

Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep” and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood’s most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89. Bacall, whose long career brought two ...

'Gentleman's Guide,' McDonald, Cranston win Tonys

Jun 9, 2014

'Gentleman's Guide,' McDonald, Cranston win Tonys

The lethal romp “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” got a lot of love at Sunday night’s Tony Awards, nabbing the trophy for best new musical on a night that also saw Audra McDonald make Broadway history, Bryan Cranston win as a rookie ...