'Macbeth': What's done is done again

Film / Reviews May 18, 2016

'Macbeth': What's done is done again

by Kaori Shoji

Few storytellers can match Shakespeare for his vast range of timeless themes and awesome characters. Imagine what the Bard could have accomplished if he had had a laptop and smartphone. Among his works, "Macbeth" — a compelling study of a husband-wife team whose thirst for ...

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

Music Jan 28, 2016

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

by Chiho Iuchi

The world of opera has always found inspiration in the works of William Shakespeare, but adapting them for the stage requires flexibility. Kyoko Hagi, a composer who serves as the representative of Opera Theater Konnyakuza, points out that Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi transformed "Macbeth" into ...

What's the worth of words?

Stage Jan 29, 2014

What's the worth of words?

by Mika Eglinton

By popular demand, Shizuoka Performing Arts Center is set to stage a revival of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," its sell-out 2011 production adapted by contemporary theater paragon Hideki Noda and directed by its own artistic diector, Satoshi Miyagi. Back in April 2011, counter to the ...