Posts Tagged ‘acting’

Takarazuka – Is the Ideal Man a Woman?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

It’s the opening performance of Takarazuka’s Phantom of the Opera. The theater is hushed as the Phantom rests in Christine’s arms. The main lights dim to a single spotlight and all that is left is a tender moment between two forlorn lovers. The emotion wells up in the audience as they are caught in the moment, but one thing is amiss.


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Live Theater in English

Monday, April 28th, 2008

by Dillon Font

Tokyo International Players

What with all the brilliant cable and satellite television, the Tsutayas, the plush movie theater complexes sprouting around the city – not to mention the ease of illegally downloading TV and movies – expats here have little trouble finding entertainment in their mother tongue. However, in the century preceding such blessed electronic ease, plenty of bored Tokyoites came together to put on live entertainment for our communities. And they’re still going. And they are forming more theater companies. In fact, theater in Tokyo is getting very exciting lately. So here’s a breakdown of the many groups now operating in the Kanto plains. Take note, wannabe actors and backstage techs: they are always looking for new faces.

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