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Theater Review: Matilda The Musical

Jennifer Roses’s production of “Matilda The Musical” is enormously funny but also dark and complex. Based on Roald Dahl’s novel and maintaining the author’s prickly wit and cracked vision, this unusual musical is full of surreal delights, catchy numbers and strong performances. As quirky and wild as this gets, I found the story to be engrossing and the message overall …

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A-Ron’s Jukebox: Coldplay “Everyday Life” – Album Review

Coldplay’s inventive magnum opus eighth album “Everyday Life” is proof that they can be more adventurous and creative than they’re often given credit for. Lead front man Chris Martin creates an immersive listening experience with sharp social commentary rock anthems in the style of U2 and a worldly sound inspired by Paul Simon.  One of my favorite bands, British rock band and …

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Theater Review: White Hawaiian

Eric Gilliom’s one-man show is a return to the kind of exhaustive, immersive dramatic performances that marked his early emergence as a theatrical wunderkind. As anyone who payed notice to Maui theater in the 1980’s and 90’s can tell you, Gilliom was a standout, a go-for-broke showman with undeniable charisma, energy and talent. Embodying roles as diverse as Hamlet or …

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Theater Review: Evil Dead- The Musical

The poster for Kalani Whitford’s production of “Evil Dead- The Musical” at the ProArts Theater sports a dashing hero with a chainsaw for a hand, standing next to a screaming blonde, as a pool of blood ascends from above. To say the least (and I mean this as the highest praise), Whitford’s production matches and surpasses the lurid thrills promised …

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Theater Review: The Graduate

Casting is everything, especially when you’re mounting a production based on iconic source material. Director Rick Scheideman has brought “The Graduate” to the Historic Iao Theater and he’s done so with an excellent ensemble of performers, each of whom are perfect match for their roles. While the inevitable tug of war between knowing the classic material and experiencing it fresh …

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A-Ron Presents: The Story Behind The Clash’s “London Calling” Album Cover

The Clash who has received the nickname “The Only Band That Matters” released their third studio album “London Calling”, originally titled “The New Testament. “London Calling” is as a 19 track, double album, released in the United Kingdom on December 14th 1979 by CBS Records, and in the United States in January 1980 by Epic Records. “London Calling” is an …

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Theater Review: Strangers on a Train

Twenty years ago, I took a trip by train from Colorado to Oregon. One night, I sat in a dining car with a lovely woman who told me, among many things, her life story and the horrifying ordeal her son had suffered while undergoing a fraternity hazing. I don’t remember the woman’s name but I’ve never forgotten her and how, …

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Theater Review: Mamma Mia!

Somewhere during the first act of “Mamma Mia!,” which just opened at the Historic Iao Theater, the audience began to lose their minds. Audibly and, in some cases, even physically, the theater goers reacted to the show in a wildly enthusiastic manner, akin to zoo animals freaking out over an elegantly coifed poodle walking past their cages. The scene in …

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Theater Review: Sleuth

Kristi Scott, the managing director of the ProArts Theater, has been asking local theater critics for weeks to keep a lid on the BIG SECRETS of “Sleuth,” the new Jason Strahn-directed thriller.  It’s an understandable and thoughtful request, though there’s more to it than that. Really, the surprises in Strahn’s production are so well executed and expertly timed, it would …

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Theater Review: The Boys Next Door

When I was a child, my parents took me to see an Off-Broadway drama in which everyone in the cast had some form of mental disability. While the performers were all playing characters and had dialogue, their characters had the same disability they had in real life. I don’t remember the name of the play but it stayed with me, …

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