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Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

Stage Aug 6, 2019

Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

In an effort to reach a broader audience ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Japan's National Theatre is accommodating international guests of traditional kabuki performances by using in-show commentary and English subtitles. On a day during the early summer rainy season, the venue ...

Bringing opera to Tokyo 2020

Stage | CULTURE NOTES Jul 25, 2019

Bringing opera to Tokyo 2020

by Chiho Iuchi

Among the many absurdist opera stories in existence, nothing is more preposterous than the happy ending generally used for Giacomo Puccini's final opera "Turandot," in which Princess Turandot suddenly accepts Prince Calaf's wooing right after the suicide of Liu, a slave, as if her ...

Capturing Haruki Murakami's 'eccentric atmosphere'

Stage Jul 23, 2019

Capturing Haruki Murakami's 'eccentric atmosphere'

by Yukari Tanaka

"As a university student, I never even imagined that I could be an actor. Because, to me, they only existed on screen," says Yuki Furukawa. Now a well-established actor, Furukawa is largely known for his portrayal of Naoki Irie in "Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo," ...

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

Stage Jul 9, 2019

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

by Nobuko Tanaka

Tokyo's cozy 60-odd-seat Komaba Agora Theater isn't perhaps where you would expect a cutting-edge multilingual drama experiment to be staged, but that's just where Oriza Hirata has chosen to work his latest magic. There, on a set made to look like a laboratory in the ...

The life of a professional Japanese doppelganger

Stage Jul 4, 2019

The life of a professional Japanese doppelganger

by Andrew McKirdy

With his single sequined glove, sparkly jacket and sharp moonwalk dance moves, the man on stage could be no one else. Or could he? "The good thing about being a Michael Jackson impersonator is that I play a global superstar," says Kazushi Yabe, who has ...