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Stage Review: ‘Mousetrap’ an enjoyable snare for audiences

February 23, 2012 For the past 60 years Agatha Christie and her estate have made protecting the secret of “The Mousetrap” a full-time job, in some cases taking legal action against the bean spillers. more »»

Iconic 'Grease' is coming to Iao Theater

February 16, 2012 The lyrics from the theme to “Grease” are pretty ridiculous. To quote them: “Grease is the word. more »»

ProArts builds a better ‘Mousetrap’

February 9, 2012 It’s been quite a while since a thriller or murder mystery was presented on Maui, and I can’t think of a more fitting location than the intimate ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. more »»

KKHS’ ‘The Outsiders’ takes risks, powerfully hits home

February 9, 2012 Adaptations and remakes can be tricky. That’s probably why no one would dare attempt a “Gone With the Wind” musical. S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders” is a perfect tale of teenagers as told by a teenager. more »»

Ben Vereen defines the meaning of GREAT!

February 2, 2012 I’ve been privileged enough to see many legendary performers ranging from Red Skelton, Sid Caesar, Julie Harris, Chita Rivera, Gary Sinise, Tony Bennett, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Ray... more »»

Visiting acts show Maui stage scene is alive & well

January 26, 2012 Sometimes a little perspective is needed to gauge progress. It is refreshing to attend traveling performances at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center to better determine Maui’s theatrical levels. more »»

From Brooklyn to Broadway to Maui with living legend Ben Vereen

January 19, 2012 Joe DiMaggio used to be introduced as “the greatest living baseball player.” In my mind, Ben Vereen is the greatest living stage performer. more »»

Maui theater, dance spring forward

January 12, 2012 I wasn’t kidding last week when I said it was going to be a busy few months of theater on Maui. more »»

Maui’s where the dream comes true for talented young actor

January 5, 2012 It’s going to be quite a busy February for Maui theater as no less than seven separate youth and adult productions are slated to open next month. more »»

Spend the evening with a professional idiot

December 29, 2011 Five years ago, a regular stand-up comedy scene did not exist on Maui, but thanks to a handful of young up-and-coming comics that is rapidly changin. more »»

Onstage in ’11: These are a few of my favorite things

December 22, 2011 Going back to the English Music Hall and Vaudeville circuit days, Christmas has always been a slowdown time in show bi. more »»

A ‘Ruthless’ attack on the funny bone

December 15, 2011 There is a German word, schadenfreude, which loosely means deriving joy from another’s misfortun. more »»

’Tis the season to be jolly on isle stages

December 8, 2011 Last weekend Seabury Hall presented its annual Christmas Party/Performing Arts Concert. more »»

Have yourself a RUTHLESS little Christmas

December 1, 2011 Let the holiday shows begin. more »»

Touching performances, heartfelt spirit make ‘A Christmas Carol’ new again

December 1, 2011 “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Tom Frey, opened Friday at the Historic Iao Theater to a more than large and friendly crowd. more »»

Return of Maui OnStage’s ‘A Christmas Carol’’ is cause for thanksgiving

November 24, 2011 This might be the most read column I write this year. more »»

‘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 »»



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