A Gaijin’s Guide to Sushi

Do you know your norimaki from your nigirizushi? How many common types of neta can you name? Would you prefer to order okimari, okonomi, or omakase style? Brush up on your sushi knowledge before tokyo fish story!

Gaijin is an outsider, a non-Japanese.

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James Seol, Francis Jue, Nicole Javier, and Linden Tailor in tokyo fish story. Photo by Kevin Berne (kevinberne.com)

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Tuna sashimi over rice

Sushi in its contemporary style (dating from the 19th century) is prepared rice combined with raw or cooked seafood, vegetables, and occasionally fruit. Raw fish served by itself is sashimi. Sushi is most often served with ginger (gari), wasabi and soy sauce. A favorite garnish is daikon, a Japanese radish.

Nori are black seaweed wrappers made of algae rolled out into thin, edible sheets.

 

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Example of a temaki roll with tuna

There are six contemporary types of sushi in Japan, but two dominate upscale dining. One is norimaki (also makizushi; the s becomes z in combined words in Japanese), or rolled sushi, and temaki, a “hand roll.”

 

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Introducing the cast of TOKYO FISH STORY

Meet the remarkable team of actors bringing Kimber Lee’s play to life:

Linden TailorLinden Tailor* (Nobu) is making his TheatreWorks debut. Mr. Tailor’s regional credits include Round House Theatre: Eurydice (Little Stone); Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander); Synetic Theater, A Christmas Carol (Cratchit); and several appearances at Adventure Theatre and Imagination Stage. His film and TV credits include Going In Style directed by Zach Braff and Showtime’s Happyish. Mr. Tailor received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. He would like to thank his family, friends, H and C, and especially his M.

James SeolJames Seol* (Takashi) is thrilled to be making his TheatreWorks debut. He was last seen in the Bay Area in The Orphan of Zhao directed by Carey Perloff for American Conservatory Theater (and La Jolla Playhouse). On Broadway: Richard Greenberg’s A Naked Girl on the Appian Way directed by Doug Hughes for Roundabout Theatre Company. Recent regional credits include Robert O’Hara’s Zombie: the American at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Hamlet directed by Darko Tresnjak for Hartford Stage, Thoroughly Modern Millie at Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse, and Mame for Goodspeed Musicals. Off-Broadway, Mr. Seol appeared in Around the World in 80 Days at the Davenport Theatre and has worked with New York Theatre Workshop, New Dramatists, and B-Side Productions. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

Jue, FrancisFrancis Jue* (Koji) is grateful to return to TheatreWorks, where he has appeared in 13 shows and choreographed two. Mr. Jue has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and M. Butterfly.  Recent favorite theatre credits include Yellow Face (Obie and Lortel Awards, Public Theatre), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (AriZoni Award, Actors Theatre of Phoenix), Miss Saigon (Elliot Norton Award, North Shore Music Theatre), Tiger Style! (Alliance Theatre), King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre), and Paper Dolls (London’s Tricycle Theatre). Mr. Jue appeared in the film Joyful Noise, and on TV in Madam Secretary, Law & Order: SVU, and The Good Wife. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday Celebration

#TBT to Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday Celebration on May 11th, 1988 at Carnegie Hall. As described in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, the star-studded concert was broadcast live on television and featured performances by Shirley MacLaine, Maureen McGovern, Jerry Orbach, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bea Arthur, Barry Bostwick, Natalie Cole, Tommy Tune, Madelyn Kahn, Tony Bennett, and many more. The concert has viewed thousands of times over the years, introducing new audiences to Berlin’s music.

Check out this very special performance by Frank Sinatra. Old Blue Eyes paid tribute to Berlin by singing two numbers inspired by Berlin’s wives: “When I Lost You,” Berlin’s tribute to his first wife Dorothy Goetz, who passed away from typhoid after only six months of marriage, and “Always,” Berlin’s ode to his second wife Ellin, with whom he had four children over 63 years of marriage.

Here’s the full special below:

Reserve your seats for Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin now!

 

Throwback Thursday: Ethel Waters- “Suppertime”

#TBT to this live performance of “Suppertime” by Irving Berlin sung by Ethel Waters. As described in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, the song was originally written for the 1933 Broadway musical As Thousands Cheer. A musical revue that satirized the news and lives of the rich and famous, As Thousands Cheer was the first Broadway show to give an African American star, Ethel Waters, equal billing alongside the white actors.

Opening at the Berlin’s own Music Box Theatre in 1933, As Thousands Cheer poked fun at public figures such President Hoover, Barbara Hutton, Gandhi, John D. Rockefeller, and Noël Coward, among others. The show also covered current events ripped from the headlines, including the lynching attacks on African Americans in the aftermath of the Civil War. “Suppertime,” an African-American woman’s lament for her lynched husband, has since been recorded and performed live by Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Audra McDonald, and Barbra Streisand, among others.

As described in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, when the white cast members of As Thousands Cheer initially refused to take a final bow with Ethel Waters, Berlin himself declared that if Waters was not included in the final curtain call, no cast members would take a bow. To keep costs at a minimum, Berlin refused his own fee as composer, lyricist, and theater owner. The show proved to be a smashing success, running for 400 performances on Broadway, a rare feat for a musical during the Great Depression.

Check out this live performance “Suppertime” by the great Waters herself:

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TheatreWorks Alumni: Where are they now? February 2016

Our alumni are working on Broadway, national tours, in regional theatres across the country, as well as film and television. Here’s where a few can be seen this month:

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AMC’S Fear the Walking Dead

Actor, playwright, TheatreWorks veteran, and Tony nominee Colman Domingo (Blues for an Alabama Sky, Fences, Amadeus, and Wild with Happy), is currently playing Strand on AMC’S Fear the Walking Dead. His play, Dot, recently opened at New York City’s Vineyard Theatre with fellow TW alumni Sharon Washington (Wild with Happy) in the cast.

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Sharon Washington and Colman Domingo in 2013’s Wild with Happy. Photo by Mark Kitaoka

Domingo’s Broadway credits include The Scottsboro Boys, Chicago, and Passing Strange. His  film and television credits include Lincoln, The Butler, The Knick, 42, as well as playing Ralph Abernathy in last year’s critically acclaimed Selma.

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2014’s Selma

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