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Dale Button Veteran Maui actor prepares for latest role in Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’

June 7, 2012 There’s a little used word that dates back to the showbiz boarding house days, a theatrical. I can think of no better word to describe Maui stage performer Dale Butto. more »»

Rachel Deboer combines multiple art forms

May 31, 2012 Multi talented Maui performer, Rachel Deboer began performing in childhood as Snoopy in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. more »»

Maui Fringe Festival returns with mainland and local acts

May 24, 2012 I once participated in a Chicago Fringe Festival and the Chicago Sun-Times described Fringe Festivals as “too insignificant to be front page news, too big to be ignored. more »»

Review: Morose ‘and Miss Reardon Drinks a Little’ has well-timed laughs

May 24, 2012 Every Maui theater group has made risky choices this season. The rewards are not always immediate, but the effort legitimizes Maui theater as it continues to grow. more »»

and ‘Miss Reardon’ drinks a little

May 17, 2012 It has been quite the eclectic season for Kihei’s ProArts. Producer Jonathan Lehman has offered a slate of sophisticated but slightly obscure plays. more »»

Cast to share ‘mama stories’ at Iao Theater

May 10, 2012 According to playwright and artist Pat Masumoto, “What started out as a 100th year birthday gift to my mom grew into this magical experience for contributors, cast and audience!” Masumoto’s mom,... more »»

Seabury Hall doesn’t ‘Shirk’ from cutting the rug

May 3, 2012 As each high school theater program prepares for the end of another school year, we witness talented seniors performing one final time and talented underclassmen performing in larger roles for the... more »»

‘Lesser Ahi’ remains fresh from start to finish

April 26, 2012 MAPA’s “Lesser Ahi” is billed as a comedy, but there is much more happening at the Steppingstone Playhouse than laughter. more »»

Review: Impeccable casting, inspiring set make ‘Pond’ must-see theater

April 26, 2012 Maui residents are truly blessed for multiple reasons. One of them is an emerging artists’ Mecca. more »»

Twilight glow ‘On Golden Pond’

April 19, 2012 I remember seeing “On Golden Pond” when it first came out. We went as a family. Multiple generations all sitting together and we all had something we could identify with. more »»

‘Lesser’ is more in rollicking MAPA world premiere

April 12, 2012 My favorite thing in theater is a brand-new show. There’s something exciting about being a part of the first few who get to witness new material. more »»

Welcome to George Lopez’s America

April 5, 2012 When I lived in L.A., one of the top morning DJs was a guy named George Lopez. In a town that listens to more radio than anyplace else on earth, that can be an incredibly lucrative lifelong gig. more »»

Call her ‘Cindy’ …

March 29, 2012 What makes certain cartoons timeless and enjoyable for all ages is humor on two levels: one level for the kids and an “over-their-head” set of one-liners for the adults, like “Rocky and Bullwinkle. more »»

Aly Cardinalli Shuffling off to baltimore

March 22, 2012 Aloha, and bon voyage to Aly Cardinalli! The longtime performer, choreographer and director on Maui will be relocating to Baltimor. more »»

A last aloha to the man behind ‘‘Ulalena’s’ magic

March 15, 2012 The Maui theater ohana said goodbye to a beloved family member last week. “ ‘Ulalena” crew chief Adam Pruitt, died on March 6 of a heart attack from a severe reaction to a bee sting. He was 37. more »»

Kamehameha Schools actors musically proclaim, ‘Our Time!’

March 8, 2012 I was honored to be invited by Kamehameha students to a brush-up rehearsal of “Our Time” last week. It was the first event I had ever attended at the facility. Wow! It’s a mini Castle Theater. more »»

Get stuck on Baldwin High’s ‘Hairspray’

March 1, 2012 The pun options with “Hairspray” and “Grease” running at the same time are almost endless. Now all we need is a production of “Hair” to complete the musical story of the ’60s. more »»

Mos’ ‘Grease’ is a music-filled treat

March 1, 2012 Carol Burnett has a saying about cotton candy: “It’s fluff, it’s nothing, but sometimes cotton candy tastes really good!” If you look into a trash can at any carnival you will see a half-eaten poof... more »»

'The Cherry Orchard,' 'Our Time' opening

February 23, 2012 Seabury Hall’s Todd Van Amburgh calls Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” “one of the world’s greatest plays,” which it is, and a “romantic comedy,” which it is — but we’re talking Russian... more »»

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 »»



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