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Friday, June 3, 2005

OF NOTE

'The Cherry Orchard' re-cast

Theatre Project Tokyo (tpt) is presenting "Cherry Orchard," a radical, refreshing and hugely illuminating reworking of Anton Checkov's 1903 masterpiece, as its 20th anniversary production.

The play, which famously portrays a family of Russian aristocrats at the turn of the 20th century who are facing the threat of the sale of their estate, seems, in this version, to say as much about contemporary, ailing Japan as it did about pre-revolutionary Russia.

Directed by 27-year-old tpt protege Hirotaka, translation by Hiromasa Kiuchi, stage design by Greta Cuneo.

"Cherry Orchard" runs till June 8 at the Benisan Pit Theatre, a 5-minute walk from Morishita Station on the Oedo and Toei Shinjuku subway lines or an 8-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station. For more details, call, tpt at (03) 3635-6355 or visit www.tpt.co.jp


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