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‘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 »»

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 »»



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