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It's Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' but not as you know it

Stage Apr 30, 2019

It's Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' but not as you know it

by Nobuko Tanaka

With praise for his "Hamlet" with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016 still ringing in his ears — and the plum job of artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. awaiting him in August — Simon Godwin is an undoubted darling ...

Absurdist comedy 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' gets its Japan debut

Stage Apr 16, 2019

Absurdist comedy 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' gets its Japan debut

by Nobuko Tanaka

Tom Stoppard is one of the most influential figures in theater today and one of the most internationally performed postwar dramatists. Both his 1966 Tony-winning absurdist tragicomedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," featuring minor characters from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," and his time- and space-spanning masterpiece "Arcadia," ...

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

Stage Mar 12, 2019

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

by Nobuko Tanaka

For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors' white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with dramatic backdrops. Then there are the distinctive standardized movements; classic poses (mie) expressing certain emotions; the precisely choreographed fights and ...

The actors hoping to save Kyoto University's Yoshida Dormitory

Stage Feb 5, 2019

The actors hoping to save Kyoto University's Yoshida Dormitory

by Nobuko Tanaka

Students and stage fans will see whether a hastily arranged series of performances of Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera" this weekend can break a decades-long standoff over the closure of Japan's oldest student dormitory: the wooden Yoshida ryō (Yoshida Dormitory) at Kyoto University. The Japanese-style ...