Double-take for a new one-woman 'Tinkerbell'

Feb 12, 2014

Double-take for a new one-woman 'Tinkerbell'

by Nobuko Tanaka

Life is hard for Marcello Magni. Not only is he directing a production separately starring famed actress Tomoko Mariya and upcoming talent Kae Okumura, but the work, in Japanese, is also his brand-new version of an early play by his great friend — and ...

What's the worth of words?

Jan 29, 2014

What's the worth of words?

by Mika Eglinton

By popular demand, Shizuoka Performing Arts Center is set to stage a revival of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” its sell-out 2011 production adapted by contemporary theater paragon Hideki Noda and directed by its own artistic diector, Satoshi Miyagi. Back in April 2011, counter to ...

One year on from arts world 'disaster'

Dec 4, 2013

One year on from arts world 'disaster'

by Natsume Date

It’s Oct. 27 and the setting sun fades to darkness. A long line of people begins to form around Tsukiji Honganji Temple next to the world-famous fish market in central Tokyo. The scene recalls what happened there last year on Dec. 27, the funeral ...

Aspiring thespians get help in realizing dreams

Mar 8, 2013

Aspiring thespians get help in realizing dreams

by Nobuko Tanaka

If you had a son or daughter who announced they wanted to be a stage actor, whatever would you say to them? In Japan today, as in centuries past, this still remains a dreaded scenario for many “respectable” parents hoping to raise children who ...

What Japan needs to do

Jan 13, 2013

What Japan needs to do

by Edan Corkill and Tomoko Otake

With its economy spluttering, large parts of its northeastern region still devastated by the effects of the mammoth Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 — and releases of radioactive materials that followed — its population shrinking and aging at unprecedented rates and its citizens ...