Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV takes on the role of Suginoichi, the cunning antihero of Hisashi Inoue's play about social oppression.
Nobuko Tanaka is a stage writer who has regularly contributed contemporary theater and dance articles to The Japan Times since 2001. She also writes for several Japanese and overseas magazines and web sites. As a promoter, she takes Japanese artists to foreign theater festivals.
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Playwright J.T. Rogers' drama about the clandestine negotiations that led to the historic agreements reveals what went on behind the scenes.
In his 1964 anthem, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Bob Dylan sings: “As the present now / Will later be past / The order is rapidly fadin’...” At the time, he may have had social turmoil in mind when he wrote those lyrics, but the ...
Choreographer Shuji Onodera was given total artistic freedom to create his adaption of Guy de Maupassant’s “Boule de Suif” with a multicultural cast.
Festival/Tokyo, known for its focus on young artists and edgy productions, has shifted the annual festival's emphasis from live performances to online ones.
Director Silviu Purcarete reveals the murky and bizarre aspects of humanity in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy about love and magic.
Director Lindsay Posner hopes his staging of “Twelve Angry Men” in Tokyo will make audiences assess how their attitudes affect their perceptions.
Dramatist Oriza Hirata’s dream of holding Japan’s version of the Avignon Festival is becoming a reality with a two-week arts fete starting on Sept. 9.
Two dramatists have opposing views on the theater world’s approach to dealing with the pandemic.
Theater companies are finding new ways to continue live shows for audiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic by performing out of trucks or turning to virtual reality.