Cinema attacker is shot dead in Tennessee

Aug 6, 2015

Cinema attacker is shot dead in Tennessee

Police shot dead a man wielding an ax, a replica handgun and pepper spray at a movie theater near Nashville on Wednesday, in terrifying echoes of two previous cinema shootings. With only the attacker killed and three others slightly hurt, authorities said the outcome ...

New head of Takarazuka troupe looks to the future

Jul 7, 2015

New head of Takarazuka troupe looks to the future

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The new head of the Takarazuka Revue Company says he aims to lay the foundations for the musical theater troupe to continue to flourish long into the future, after the all-female company celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. President Tomotsugu Ogawa, the 58-year-old former ...

'Ao no Ran' is a riproaring rhapsody in blue

May 13, 2015

'Ao no Ran' is a riproaring rhapsody in blue

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“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

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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 ...