Thomas Lynch: Far East Marks This Designer's Latest Scenic Transformation

Thomas Lynch's setting for Far East, A.R. Gurney's new play about a young US Navy lieutenant stationed in Tokyo in 1954, floats on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre with the cool, colorful animation of a Japanese scroll.

Behind a Kabuki-like timber deck, abstract images of the story's locales--a captain's office, a room in a barracks, an infirmary, a bar in Saigon--glide in and out, shoji-style, as the story unfolds. A pavilion that might be a military watchtower looms at the up

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