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Barry Wurst II

Barry Wurst II
Barry Wurst II is a senior editor & film critic at MAUIWatch. He wrote film reviews for a local Maui publication and taught film classes at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS). Wurst also co-hosted podcasts for Screengeeks.com and has been published in Bright Lights Film Journal and in other film-related websites. He is currently featured in the new MAUIWatch Podcast- The NERDWatch.

Theater Review: Avenue Q

Everything you’ve heard about “Avenue Q” is true. It’s a musical comedy with a puppet cast and presented in a style recognizable to anyone raised on “Sesame Street.” However, unlike the ongoing saga of Bert and Ernie, “Avenue Q” is for adults only, as the puppets (and a handful of human co-stars) are gleefully foul mouthed. Despite the ample profanity …

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Theater Review: Black Comedy/ ‘Dentity Crisis

This is why I go to the theater and love it so much, because of productions like Lisa Teichner’s “Black Comedy/ ‘Dentity Crisis.” There is an adventurous spirit at hand, a willingness to push buttons, send up conventions and experiment with the possibilities of live performance, that immediately endeared me to this work. Allow me to explain just what this …

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Theater Review: The Pirates of Penzance

There is an infectious merriment and a parade of extraordinary musical numbers in Michael Pulliam’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” which just opened at the Historic Iao Theater. In this revival of Gilbert & Sullivan’s 140-year old comic opera, a superb cast brings the classic to life and presents one knockout musical number after another. Kiegan Otterson stars as …

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Theater Review: It’s Only a Play

Frances Taua’s production of “It’s Only A Play” is the best kind of comedy, in that it keeps getting funnier with every scene but has more on its mind than simply generating laughter. Penned by playwright Terrence McNally (whose greatest works include “Master Class,” “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune” and “Love! Valour! Compassion!”) , this farce, about …

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Theater Review: Elf The Musical

Has it really been three years since we last saw Buddy the Elf? It’s hard to believe that, in the holiday slot filled by “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” over the years at the Historic Iao Theater, Buddy and his show have remained dormant. In fact, seeing how astonishingly energetic star Ricky Jones is in the role for …

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Theater Review: Anything Goes

David Ward’s production of Cole Porter’s classic musical/comedy “Anything Goes” is a rare jewel to encounter in present day. It’s amazing, really, to see talented young teenagers belting out Porter classics in 2018 and committing to the energetic shenanigans. Now playing at Seabury Hall, “Anything Goes” is a breezy throwback and a genuine charmer. The plot offers traces of French …

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Theater Review: Vindication

Lin McEwan’s “Vindication,” which just opened at the ProArts Theatre in Kihei,  is an original drama she wrote and directed. She is also the star, playing Mary Wollstonecraft, in a show made up of scenes from Wollstonecraft’s remarkable life (1759-1797)as an author, boundary-pusher and a woman far ahead of her time. If this reads like the play is a vanity …

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Theater Review: Rumors

David Belew’s production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is a breakneck, batty and very funny door-slamming farce. If you’ve seen “Noises Off” or the French comedies that inspired it, you know what a “door slamming farce” is: characters enter a scene, moving quickly around the set and drop a joke like a water balloon, quickly exiting through a door before the …

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Theater Review: Into The Woods

Before “Wicked,” there was “Into The Woods.” To put it another way: once upon a time, before the 2003 Stephen Schwartz musical blockbuster allowed us to see our favorite fairy tale characters in a whole new light, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical did it first. At the Castle Theater within the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the vision of …

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Theater Review: Oliver!

Theater lovers in Lahaina know what Theatre Theatre is. They know it’s a summer theater camp that reaches out to kids in the West Maui community. They know Theatre Theatre has  been around since 1992 and performs annual  summer shows at the Lahaina Gateway center. They know how good the productions are- indeed, Theatre Theatre just won Best Live Theatre …

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