Theater Review: The Language Archive

The Language Archive

Feb 25~28
Tokyo International Players


English Shows Tokyo was happily invited to have a sneak peak at Tokyo International Players latest production “The Language Archive” by Julia Cho, directed by Brian Berdanier.


How do you say love in your language?

George is a man who has a wealth of knowledge in languages being a linguist, but has an inability to communicate with his wife, Mary, nor find the right words to say to her to prevent her from leaving their relationship. He is also blind to recognize the deep feelings that his assistant Emma has for him. This also plays contrary to an old married couple, Reston and Alta, whom he has invited from a distant country to study and whose relationship mirrors his own by showing him what good communications and true marriage can be.


Although the Tokyo International Players is a completely volunteer, non-profit organization, their productions and performances are absolutely professional and of the highest quality. You will absolutely fall in love with this story, as I have. I was overwhelmed by a deep feeling within myself so much so that I found it difficult to find the right words to express how moved I was. The play made me realize what “I love you” means to myself and those around me in my own language.


There are so many characters and relationships that are relatable to in this story. You can be George, Mary, or Emma in your own life.

*Performances in English.
*Japanese Audio recordings available.


Feb 25-28, 2016

The Pocket, Nakano
3-22-8, Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo (Closest station: JR/Tokyo Metro Nakano)*Map

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