Two dramatists have opposing views on the theater world’s approach to dealing with the pandemic.
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.
For Nobuko Tanaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
By taking a key arts festival online, Satoshi Miyagi is finding ways to ensure that theater survives the pandemic.
With the curtains remaining closed at theaters across Japan, some acting troupes are adopting new methods of reaching their audiences.
Responses to the spread of the COVID-19 virus have varied widely from country to country and are changing from day to day. So, while Broadway shows in New York have shut down for at least a month, West End productions in London have been ...
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe returns to 'Pizarro' 35 years after his last performance in the play, this time in the lead role as the titular Spanish conquistador.
Wishing Chong brings an all-male version of 'Romeo and Juliet,' set in post-war Western Japan, to the stage in Tokyo.
Murakami's enigmatic masterpiece has been adapted for Japanese stage for the first time, with Songha and Daichi Watanabe taking on the role of Toru Okada.
Shuntaro Fujita brings "Tempo 12-nen no Shakespeare" to Tokyo, modernising a story that encompases elements from each of the Bard's 37 plays.
Playwright Simon Stephens turns to ideas of terror for his British-Japanese transformative theatrical trip.