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‘Word Becomes Flesh’ becomes awesome

November 17, 2011 Wow! Just wow. That’s a pretty mundane comment, but I’m literally speechless over Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Word Becomes Flesh. more »»

Everything — not just the prince — charming in Baldwin’s ‘Snow White’

November 10, 2011 There is no Prince Charming in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” but there is no better word to sum up the current Baldwin production. more »»

Stage Review: KKHS students forge powerful drama from painful truths in ‘Fighting For My Self’

November 10, 2011 Director Chris Kepler opened “Fighting For My Self” with an important speech. It’s a message that King Kekaulike Dramatic Arts is committed to presenting dramas of social awareness. more »»

The truth about Snow White, and other lessons learned in school

November 3, 2011 My favorite aspect of dramaturgy is understanding the history of a story, what it is based on, what the author wants to say, and its evolution over the years. more »»


October 27, 2011 It makes me a little dizzy to keep track of the vast number of Halloween options that are available on Maui every year. I lost count last week. more »»

Risqué business

October 20, 2011 What is risqué? The American definition is “sexually outrageous,” implying impropriety. more »»

Seabury Hall production finds the magic in Bard’s ‘Dream’

October 13, 2011 What a jam-packed month of entertainment on Maui! OK. so it’s on the edge of what this column is supposed to cover, but Lee Cataluna’s appearance last Thursday at the MACC was a treat. more »»

‘Sylvia’: Wagging tale of love is funny, touching

October 13, 2011 “Sylvia” director Mark Colmer asks the questions, “Do dogs truly love unconditionally?” Can humans truly love unconditionally?” I think all of us would love to say yes to both questions, but if we... more »»

‘Sylvia’ unleashes laughter and tears; Seabury’s ‘Midsummer’ falls in autumn

October 6, 2011 Have you ever had something come between you and a relationship? Something that brings you joy, something precious but maybe something that makes a boss or a mate unhappy with the new you? “Sylvia”... more »»

Doing the write thing … Lee Cataluna

September 29, 2011 Public appearances and lectures are not well-attended on Maui and I have a theory about why. The information presented is not relatable to the average Maui resident. Next Thursday, Oct. more »»

Visions of a hopeful world sprout in ‘THE GARDEN of BE’

September 22, 2011 Here’s an obscure reference. more »»

Just ‘BE’ cause

September 15, 2011 It’s not every day that a collaborative original production is created from scratch. more »»

All Syked out!

September 8, 2011 Who says there’s never anything to do on Maui? There’s so much live entertainment happening between now and Christmas, it would difficult to attend everythin. more »»

Stage Review: ‘Social Security’ benefits from being hilarious

September 8, 2011 Have you ever felt out of place and uncomfortable? The only gringo at a quincenaera? A heart-on-your-sleeve Sicilian at Connecticut yachting regalia? To quote Joan Rivers, “Can we talk?” ProArts... more »»

Checking out the bright side of ‘Social Security’

September 1, 2011 Last week I talked about Maui theater taking risks and pushing the envelope as we embark upon the 2011-12 theater season. more »»

Please allow me to introduce myself …

August 25, 2011 Anyone can sell anything if they love what they sell. It’s selling something we are indifferent to that is difficult. more »»

Farewell, Mirabel … welcome aboard, Michael!

August 18, 2011 (This week’s Backstage marks another passing of the baton in the relay of wonderful writers who have negotiated this space. more »»

Speak of the devil …

August 18, 2011 A guy who works on about a third of all Maui shows is now writing the backstage column? I’d like to think that makes me extra qualified. more »»

Stars shine at MAPA’s ‘Damn Yankees’

August 11, 2011 Though the sky was cloudy, last Friday was a star-studded night at Maui Tropical Plantation. more »»

MAPA's ‘Damn Yankees“

August 4, 2011 Director David C. Johnston calls it “a Faustian legend, a middle-age love story and America’s past all rolled into a single evening of entertainment. more »»



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