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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: 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: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Ally Shore’s production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is one of those shows that works for everyone and ought to see be seen as soon as possible (either for the first time or once again). It’s a family-friendly musical (written by Clark Gesner and Andrew Lipps), faithfully based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schultz, about the …

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Looking Back: Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)

The marijuana-fueled sequel, “Harold and Kumar Escape From Gunatanamo Bay,” carries on the tradition of late 20th century stoner buddy comedies, starting with Cheech and Chong, up to Bill and Ted (not drug users, but definitely dumb) and Wayne and Garth (whose drug use was presumably off-camera, as there is no way those guys were EVER sober!). Whether you’re against …

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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: 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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