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THEATER

Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 27, 2013
New Kabukiza theater, tower completed in Tokyo
A ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the new Kabukiza theater and an adjacent office building called Kabukiza Tower in the Higashiginza district of central Tokyo.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 21, 2013
Redefining conventions of the play
Without doubt, Takahiro Fujita is the most prominent newcomer in the world of Japanese contemporary theater. To a considerable extent that's because the 27-year-old playwright/director has an unusual trademark style — to create works that often have the same lyrical phrases and series of movements repeated over and over again.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media
Feb 17, 2013
Bringing the love of short films to a local audience
If there was a birthday cake for the Brillia Short Shorts Theater, it would probably be an elegant, minimalist affair — no excessive decorations, nothing too calorific and five slim candles giving off a modest orange glow. One of just four movie theaters in and around Tokyo dedicated to short films, Brillia Short Shorts turns 5 years old this month. And the good news is: People really seem to like it. Not in a spectacular, queuing around the block kind of way, but just enough to fill the 128 lipstick-red upholstered seats, each embroidered with its own gold number, and have the lobby cafe (a secret find for foodies) thronged by discerning fans who see no reason not to have an artisanal latte just because they're at the movies.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Feb 8, 2013
Theater groups play together
Fresh from a U.S. tour, "Zero Cost House," the first international collaboration work between Yokohama's Chelfitsch company and Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre Company (PITC), opens at Kanagawa Arts Theatre next week with its original U.S. cast.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Feb 1, 2013
Cirque offshoot 7 Fingers has lofty ambitions
Since first touring its native province of Quebec in 1984, the self-styled "multifaceted creative force" that is Canada's Cirque du Soleil has become a major global phenomenon with several permanent venues.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Jan 24, 2013
South Korean dance show aims for the eyes, not the ears
South Korean entertainment is excelling in a lot of disciplines, and stage performance is one of them. Now a groundbreaking action-drawing show, "Hero," will take its turn trying to impress Japanese audiences.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Jan 24, 2013
A monk's teenage angst can be monstrous
Monsters and runaways aren't usually the kinds of problems teenagers face, but a Tokyo-based theater troupe thinks these are the kinds of conundrums that await teenage monks.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jan 24, 2013
With 'Desh,' Khan proves you can go home again
If art's purpose is to ask the relevant questions, then British-Bangladeshi dancer Akram Khan successfully interrogates humanity — and himself — with his latest production, 'Desh.'
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / CLOSE-UP
Jun 3, 2012
Koki Mitani: Japan's Mr. Comedy
Koki Mitani is far and away the nation's best-known dramatist. Although theater is quite a niche medium here, most people in Japan — whether male or female, young or not so young, Japanese or not — recognize his face, even if they couldn't name many of his works. Recently, indeed, I was amazed when a young child sitting next to me in a theater was thrilled to identify Mitani, who was pictured on one of a bunch of handouts disguised as the great Russian playwright and author Anton P. Chekhov.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 21, 2011
U.N. General Assembly opens on shifting sands
Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the 66th annual session of the U.N. General Assembly debate opens in New York on Wednesday, but the session hardly starts in a celebratory mood as a series of geopolitical, financial and natural jolts have shaken the world body to the core, including the "Arab Spring" of 2011 and debilitating natural disasters.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Sep 8, 2011
Japan and America share their acting skills
Next year will mark the New York premiere performances of a new collaborative project whose organizers hope will spur a revolution in the film and theater industries of Japan.
EDITORIALS
Aug 21, 2011
Bury the power lines
One of the unfortunate side effects of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s ongoing financial and managerial problems is that Tokyo's utility lines may never get buried. The Tokyo metropolitan government started burying lines in Tokyo in 1986, as part of the city's improved disaster-prevention measures.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 2, 2006
Young actors keep kabuki flourishing
Shinosuke Nakamura and his friend, Kyoju Nakamura, walk into a cafe near the Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo in jeans and stylish jackets, just like any other young men in their 20s. But when they return to work, they are serious kabuki actors dressed in kimono and performing plays that date back as far as four centuries.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on