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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: Hamlet abridged

Seeing William Shakespeare’s plays presented with a  “concept’ can provide a fun, new interpretation for audiences overly familiar with his work. When it doesn’t work, you get “Hamlet in Space.” When it does work, it looks like the Francis Taua/Kristi Scott-directed “Hamlet abridged.” Here’s a shorter, hipper and altogether unique take on the tragic tale of the Danish Prince…presented by …

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Theater Review: Of Mice and Men

Alexis Dascoulias’ production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” is a master class of stage craft. The profound story of George (played by Don Carlson) and Lenny (played by Frances Taua), two poor, dissimiliar but deeply attached men, roaming the country in search of work and solicitude, has been given new life on The Historic Iao Theater stage. This …

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Theater Review: These Shining Lives

Sally Sefton’s production of Melanie Marnich’s “These Shining Lives” is set in the 1920’s-30’s, a time when Rudolph Valentino and Louise Brooks were household names, “Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out the Barrel” was a top five hit tune and expressions like “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” and “I’m Aces” were casually tossed around. A painful, little known piece …

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Theater Review: The Frog Prince

Derek Nakagawa’s production of “The Frog Prince” at the ProArts Theater in Kihei is the kind of show that works perfectly for its audience of wide-eyed keiki and their parents. This is children’s theater done right and with real affection. Nakagawa wrote and directs this witty “fractured fairy tale,” which is stuffed with laughs and flies by at a nearly …

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Theater Review: My Three Angels

Francis Tau’a’s production of “My Three Angels,” which just opened at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei, might just be the most unusual yuletide stage comedy of the season. It stars Jim Oxborrow, Mark Levine and Orion Milligan as Joseph, Jules and Alfred (respectively), three convicts who are assigned to fix the roof of the Ducotel General Store, which is in …

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Theater Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Early into “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” the David Kaye-directed production at the Historic Iao Theater, Sara Jelley (playing Truly Scrumptious) makes her entrance by riding down the theater aisle onto the stage. Sure, she’s on a bike that’s supposed to be standing in for a motorcycle, but it’s a moment that signals what’s to come. Namely, much more showmanship and …

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Theater Review: The Wanna-Be Gentleman

Moliere’s comedies are so rarely produced on stage locally, let alone in most community theaters, that it’s a treat when the opportunity arrives to see them on stage. If you’ve never seen one of Moliere’s comedies or only experienced them when force fed in a college course (which was my unfortunate introduction to the man and his work), then the …

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Theater Review: Harvey

In the introductory moments of “Harvey,” , we’re immediately aware that something is wrong with Elwood P. Dowd, the gentle soul played by Michael Pulliam. While Elwood is especially agreeable, displays excellent manners and is a generous conversationalist, he keeps referring to his invisible friend, who he refers to as “Harvey.” Without spoiling the surprise (especially for those unfamiliar with …

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Theater Review: The Elephant Man

The first time I ever heard of John Merrick, the so-called “Elephant Man,” it was through a rumor involving Michael Jackson. At some point in the late 1980’s, when Jackson was the undisputed “King of Pop” and probably the most beloved entertainer in the world, a report surfaced that he purchased Merrick’s bones. Why? Allegedly because of how Jackson empathized …

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