Zainichi dramas delve into Japan's shadows

Feb 23, 2016

Zainichi dramas delve into Japan's shadows

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“At last, the masterpiece ‘Yakiniku Dragon’ (‘Korean Barbecue Dragon’) is going to be staged again!” The “!” that leaps up at the end of this sentence in a recent press release from the New National Theatre Tokyo surely reflects a widespread excitement on hearing ...

Theater academy pulls no punches

Jan 26, 2016

Theater academy pulls no punches

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In a rehearsal studio at the Za-Koenji theater in west-central Tokyo’s Koenji district, trainee actress Yuuhi Suenobu was striving to act the role of a frightened young woman wandering aimlessly in a chaotic wasteland with her injured mother. The scene unfolding before me was ...

Takarazuka's musical gives the Bard new life

Jan 26, 2016

Takarazuka's musical gives the Bard new life

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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 ...

'Crazy Camel' helps butoh over the hump

Jan 23, 2016

'Crazy Camel' helps butoh over the hump

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‘Many people have a preconception about butoh — that it is performed by dancers whose bodies are painted white. So when we debuted our current program, ‘Crazy Camel,’ in France, and we came on stage covered in gold-colored powder, the fans and experts there ...

Kabuki heads for glitzy Las Vegas

Jan 19, 2016

Kabuki heads for glitzy Las Vegas

Japan’s elaborate all-male kabuki theater is heading to glitzy Las Vegas for a series of paid shows, organizers said Monday, in a bid to spread the classical Japanese art form to a global audience. Japanese film and theater company Shochiku said it would present ...

'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

Jan 7, 2016

'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

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‘One Piece,” a new, modern entertainment-focused “Super Kabuki” play based on an eponymous manga series by Eiichiro Oda, closed last month after a hit Tokyo run that showed beyond doubt that manga-based productions are not the preserve of movies and television — where they ...