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Pan Asian Repertory presents the story of Major Gruver, a soldier stationed in Japan during World War II, who falls in love with Hana-Ogi, a Japanese woman. More…

An American officer and a Japanese woman fall in love, but the cross-cultural romance falls victim to the racism of the times, post-World War II. Despite the circumstances and situation, compassion and love can heal prejudice despite the inevitable collision of two disparate, codified cultures. This re-imagining of the epic musical features the all-female Takarazuka dance theater.

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July 9th, 2015
"Pan Asian Repertory Theater’s production, directed by Tisa Chang, promises a fresh approach to the material, rendering the Japanese women at its center as more than merely foreign, sexually desirable and susceptible to American charms. Though hampered by flimsy scenic design and somewhat shoddy ...
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July 9th, 2015
"Despite the bumbling lyrics and book, director Tisa Chang's production excels at exposing the ugly prejudices that flourished during and after the American occupation of Japan....All things considered, the Pan Asian Rep has produced a solid staging of a mediocre musical. We should all look forwa...
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July 7th, 2015
"'Sayonara' wears its anti-discrimination message on its sleeve, and director Tisa Chang does nothing to rein it in. Bigots are not just writ large; they are played large as well. Singing is generally good, and the acting is adequate with a few standouts...The show's backbone, William Luce's book...
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July 9th, 2015
"In some ways, the Pan Asian Repertory Theater’s wonderfully choreographed and beautifully designed production could not be better timed...Yet, for all its indirect relevance, there’s something obvious and old-fashioned about 'Sayonara'...I haven’t seen previous productions of this musical, but t...
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