Black Stripe Theater, a Tokyo-based English-language theater group, is performing Ronald Harwood’s well-loved comedy The Dresser: a hilarious and moving play exploring the life of an actor manager in 20th-century England.
In 1941 Eastern England, a touring theater troupe pass through a small market town amid air-raid warnings, falling bombs, and firing aircraft guns. The troupe’s leader is an actor manager whom everyone calls “Sir,” who inexplicably goes missing—and returns in an unfit condition to play King Lear. While “Sir” and his wife, the stage manager, want to cancel the show, his dresser, Norman, decides to prepare Sir to soldier on with the performance.
The play is directed by Keiko Tsuneda, and the cast includes Nicolas Gregoriades, Timothy Harris, and Christiane Brew.
7pm, Sep 22-24; 1pm, Sep 24 & 25. Trance Mission Theatre, Sangubashi Guesthouse B1, 4-50-8 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku. ¥4,000 (plus drink); students ¥3,000. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blackstripetheater.com.