'Swimming With Sharks': A horrible boss is truly universal

Stage Sep 4, 2018

'Swimming With Sharks': A horrible boss is truly universal

The lobby of the Setagaya Public Theatre in Tokyo teemed with women on Sept. 1, each eager to see Kei Tanaka in action. The 34-year-old actor — and judging by the buzz in the lobby, bona fide dreamboat — recently captured hearts in "Ossan's ...

Could Japan have its own Cirque du Soleil?

Stage Aug 8, 2018

Could Japan have its own Cirque du Soleil?

When the circus comes to town in most parts of the world these days, you won't see elephants, tigers or clowns with big red noses. Since Canada's animal-less Cirque du Soleil took to the road in 1984 with its character-driven shows and nonstop live music, ...

Drum Tao aims for blockbuster grandeur in its latest production

Stage Jul 18, 2018

Drum Tao aims for blockbuster grandeur in its latest production

Based in mountainous Oita Prefecture in northeastern Kyushu, the privately owned and run Drum Tao company has barely paused from pounding away at the international entertainment market since it launched its overseas ambitions with a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004. Since then, ...

K-Ballet brings 'Cleopatra' back for another dance

Stage Jun 6, 2018

K-Ballet brings 'Cleopatra' back for another dance

Tetsuya Kumakawa speaks about his most recent project, "Cleopatra," in a way that's as grand as the Egyptian queen herself. "Nobody except me could have created this fantastic work," he tells The Japan Times. "I hope it remains a ballet classic for hundreds of years, ...