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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: Tartuffe

A dream cast of local legends, theater veterans and rising stars makes up the ensemble production of “Tartuffe.” This classic Moliere comedy, playing at Seabury Hall, has been directed by Vinnie Linares and Jennifer Rose in a show rich with laughter, meaning and risk-taking theatrics. It’s presented in the round and, while every seat is a good one, I recommend …

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Theater Review: The 39 Steps

There is real joy and merriment in Kristi Scott’s production of “The 39 Steps.” Now playing at the Pro Arts Playhouse in Kihei (located within the Azeka Marketplace), Scott’s comedy is a consistent laugh-generator and a genuinely novel spoof of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. While far from the first to make fun of classic Hitchcock seat grabbers, Scott’s delightful …

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Theater Review: Cabaret

The characters of “Cabaret” are constantly referring to the title spot as the place to be, a world where their troubles go away and all their inhibition-less fantasies are in plain view. To get right to it, seeing Kalani Whitford’s production of “Cabaret” is like that, an experience you’ll want to share with as many theater lovers as possible. 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 Trip to Bountiful

Lina Krueger’s production of “The Trip to Bountiful” begins with a depiction of family dysfunction, as the elderly Mother Watts (played by Sharyn Stone) is sharply at odds with her daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae (played by Gabby Anderman). While Mother Watts quietly absorbs Jessie Mae’s daily barrage of faintly disguised insults and condescending retorts, she also plans a much-needed escape. Standing …

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Theater Review: Clarence Darrow

The art of performing a one-man show isn’t lost on Robert Angelo, whose solo performance looms large throughout “Clarence Darrow.”  This unique, accomplished night of stage craft takes place at the Pro Arts Theater in Kihei, located in Azeka Marketplace. It gives us Angelo as Darrow, the brilliant and legendary lawyer, as he provides the audience with stories from his …

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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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