'Ballyturk' delivers a surreal yet exciting challenge

Stage Apr 11, 2018

'Ballyturk' delivers a surreal yet exciting challenge

by Nobuko Tanaka

When Akira Shirai first read the script for "Ballyturk," he quickly understood why its creator, Irish playwright Enda Walsh, said the work "should bypass the intellect and go straight into your bones." The 60-year-old artistic director at Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama was mulling over ...

'Mercury Fur' exposes a caring kind of depravity

Stage Feb 18, 2015

'Mercury Fur' exposes a caring kind of depravity

by Nobuko Tanaka

After the premiere of "Mercury Fur" at Theatre Tram in Tokyo's lively Sangenjaya district this month, Issey Takahashi, who stars in that dystopian 2005 play by Philip Ridley, declared: "I think this is a very dark prophecy, but as I was acting my character ...

Shirai triumphs with 'The Tempest'

Stage May 21, 2014

Shirai triumphs with 'The Tempest'

by Nobuko Tanaka

"I'd like 'The Tempest' I am creating to be on the smallest scale ever, but as it's a very spacious stage at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, it won't have the most compact set. Nonetheless, I will try to present it as stories from ...