Walter Roberts

For Walter Roberts's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Talkin' Bertolt

Stage Jan 26, 2005

Talkin' Bertolt

Between his return from the United States after World War II, and his death in 1956, playwright Bertolt Brecht, with his Berliner Ensemble, created one of the finest acting companies in the world -- one which became a testing-ground for his theatrical exploration and ...

Roll up, the lion tamer's in town

Stage Apr 9, 2003

Roll up, the lion tamer's in town

Hurry, hurry, step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Right this way. The circus has come to town! Nestled beneath a billowing crimson big top, the Kinoshita Circus features a dizzying array of acts -- acrobats, tight-rope walkers, trapeze artists, magicians, clowns, daredevil ...

International theater merits closer inspection

Stage Apr 2, 2003

International theater merits closer inspection

Less than a year since its successful debut production of Moliere's "The Miser," Intrigue Theatre returns to the Studio Akasaka Playbox in Nogizaka. This time round, artistic director Mozaffar Shafeie, formerly of the National Theatre in England, will offer "The Government Inspector," written by ...

What goes around, comes around . . .

Stage Jan 8, 2003

What goes around, comes around . . .

The career of the Austrian author and playwright Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) unfolded in Vienna during the heady 19th-century fin de siecle era, when major social and intellectual shifts were sweeping the city. It was the time of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud; of atonal composers Schoenberg, ...

Community Nov 10, 2002

Lie back and think of . . .

In the early 1950s, neurophysiologist John C. Lilly conducted studies on the human brain for the United States government. To create an environment conducive to the observation of mental activity, Lilly invented the isolation tank -- an environment free of all sensory stimuli. Lilly's research ...

Generous with their talents

Stage May 22, 2002

Generous with their talents

Nestled among the markets, cafes and residential manshon of northern Nogizaka in Tokyo's Minato Ward is a tiny studio theater called Studio Akasaka Playbox. There is nothing unusual about the space. It's a typical, intimate box in the basement of a three-story office building close ...

The U.S. Ambassador of Magic

Stage May 1, 2002

The U.S. Ambassador of Magic

Neither clown nor magician but something of both, Steve Marshall has, from early childhood, been charming audiences with his unique brand of comedy magic. Watching him in action, it is difficult to tell where performance genres begin and end -- what's certain is that ...

Mixed messages follow love at first sight

Stage Apr 24, 2002

Mixed messages follow love at first sight

Love is complex enough at the best of times, but when it crosses cultural borders, things can get really confusing. Opening April 24 at the Shimokitazawa Geki Shogekijo is "John-kun and Yoko-chan," a play co-written by American Michael Naishtut and Japanese Yoko Narahashi that ...

Stage Feb 27, 2002

Learning not to mask their feelings

A good actor, according to director Louis Fantasia, knows how to kiss -- that is, how to K.I.S.S., an aphorism he borrowed from playwright David Mamet, meaning, "Keep it simple, stupid." Los Angeles-based Fantasia, a renowned teacher of acting technique, was recently in Tokyo ...

Getting to where the action is in Chekhov theater workshop

Stage Jan 16, 2002

Getting to where the action is in Chekhov theater workshop

Los Angeles-based international director and acting teacher Louis Fantasia will be returning to Tokyo next month to continue his series of training workshops with an intensive 10-day session on acting. Fantasia has traveled the world both teaching and directing, and has been bringing his acting ...