Stage Jul 11, 2001

Renegade samurai lead first revolution

Executives of Japan's top 200 corporations were recently given a survey in which they were asked the following question: "Who in the past millennium of world history would you choose to help Japan solve its present financial crisis?" Some of the cast of "Tatsu" demonstrate ...

Stage Nov 12, 2000

Evening of Marlovian erotica celebrates English literary great

English literature flowered magnificently during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The various writers of the time represent a phase in the development and flexibility of poetry, prose and drama that achieved a beauty and exuberance unmatched in invention and style. The period is often ...

Stage Oct 7, 2000

Loose Sock theater company offers creative collaboration

Nestled in the cloudy seaside bluffs of Yamate in Yokohama stands the newly renovated Gaiety Theater. With origins dating back to 1870, the Gaiety has operated from various locations and hosted numerous theatrical organizations of Yokohama's foreign thespian community. The current occupant of this historic ...

Stage Jul 22, 2000

Success in communication

Observing a rehearsal of the Art of Life company's upcoming production, "John-kun and Yoko-chan," a famous line from the '60s classic "Cool Hand Luke" springs to mind: "What we have here is failure to communicate." This is not because the play is unsuccessful: The actors ...

Stage May 10, 2000

Kee Company explores facets of communication

If we could see language, if language relied on visual instead of aural means, it would become a kind of communication closely resembling telepathy: a fusion of the observer with the observed. The most effective theater performances contain just this element of communication, when the ...

Community Jan 28, 2000

Printed Matter turns 20 with multi-genre event

Printed Matter, "Tokyo's International Literary Review," which boasts of being Japan's oldest English literary journal, can now claim to be Japan's largest. The 20th-anniversary issue, published last year, was more than twice its usual dimensions and volume, tipping the scales at coffee-table book proportions with ...

Music Oct 30, 1999

Pianist not forcing the feeling

When considering the performance of musicians in regard to taste, it is generally agreed that a player should not intrude his individual personality on the music. Each era, however, has its own notion of taste in performance. During the 18th century, for instance, the attitude ...

Stage Jul 30, 1999

'Y5K' travels a sacred journey through levels of self-realization

The Hopi Indians have a prophecy based on an ancient icon thousands of years old called "The Sacred Rock." On the rock is an etching that represents the cycle of mankind's journey, depicting the development and eventual destruction of civilization. The sacred rock symbols ...

Stage Jun 19, 1999

Exploring tropical forests of poetry

Stephen Forster has released a new volume of poetry titled "The Good Mouth." In this collection of poems, Forster takes the reader on an imaginative journey to distant lands where conquistadors in tropical forests meet their savage doom, or to places where the omniscient ...

Stage Jun 11, 1999

How to play Hamlet, that is the question

"There are few rules about playing Shakespeare, but many possibilities," said Shakespearean director, educator and theoretician John Barton, in his edifying book "Playing Shakespeare." Through generations of actors myriad possibilities have been tested. Each generation has chosen a leader of its time to be the ...