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Review: Johnny Appleseed

When children’s theater is done right, it works for everyone and provides a means of sharing theater with kids in a meaningful, impactful way. The Maui Onstage Youth Program’s “Johnny Appleseed” is a real surprise, the kind of robust comedy I’d enjoy regardless but I especially appreciate as an example of theater created for a younger audience. Director Ricky Jones …

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Review: Annie Get Your Gun

Among the many pleasures of the Brian Swasey-directed production of “Annie Get Your Gun,” which opens tonight at the Historic Iao Theater, is hearing the music. Anyone who grew up loving musicals or catchy show tunes knows Irving Berlin’s score, which is served by the mighty vocals of a large cast. From the very opening number, “There’s No Business Like …

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Review: Next to Normal

The exciting thing about watching the David C. Johnston-directed “Next to Normal” is the realization it brought me in the establishing minutes: this is something we truly haven’t seen before. We meet the Goodman family over breakfast, where Dan (played by Kepa Cabanilla-Aricayos) and his wife, Diana (played by Alison Aldcroft) are playfully, openly discussing their sex life. Their kids, …

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Brooks Maguire: The MAUIWatch Interview

During my conversation with Brooks Maguire, in which he summarized his amazing career and recalled pivotal connections made, I was struck by his unforced humility. Maguire’s long, remarkable journey as a passionate musician, professional performer and recording artist is full of opportunities to name drop and aggrandize, but Maguire’s soft spoken way of recalling the past reveals a man who …

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Review: Elf The Musical

Before the curtain fell during the first act, signaling an intermission, I became aware that my jaw was tired from smiling so much. I had a grin that lasted most of the running time of “Elf The Musical,” the wonderful new show playing at The Historic Iao Theate, just in time for the holiday season. Both a faithful re-telling of …

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Hawai’i Cinema Showcase: The Haumana (2013) and Get A Job (2011) at The MACC

A unique night of film is coming to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this week that film buffs and local art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss. Brian Kohne’s inaugural film event for his Hawaii Cinema motion picture production company will be a recurring event in 2015 and seeks to emphasize the recent output of local independent filmmakers, provide a definition for …

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Elf the Musical- A Primer for the Maui OnStage Production

Dear Santa, I don’t know how it happened, but every December, I watch “Elf.” I know, it’s not “A Christmas Story” or “Miracle on 34th St” or a true masterpiece like “Ernest Saves Christmas,” but there’s something about the story of Buddy the Elf that has me watching every year. It wasn’t always like this, as the 2003 Will Ferrell …

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The Glass Menagerie: Behind the Scenes of the MAPA Production

The final weekend is upon us for the Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” This extraordinary production, with its four exceptional lead performances, stylish art direction and sensitive but potent direction by Sally Sefton, only has a few showings left. I was grateful to catch it, as it provided me an opportunity to experience …

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Movie Review: Interstellar

The introductory scenes of “Interstellar” are a series of rich, initially disconnected images that set the framework for an enormous, ever-growing narrative. We see a vast field stretch across a farm land, an aircraft in a tailspin and a pilot named Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, waking from a nightmare and comforted by his daughter, Murphy (played by Mackenzie Foy). …

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Review: The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams” “The Glass Menagerie” has always been a masterpiece of twentieth century drama, a compassionate, emotionally probing exploration of human sadness, longing and love. The empathy Williams felt towards his characters (who famously were representations of his own upbringing) comes across in the performances and direction in the new Maui Academy of Performing Arts production, playing now through November …

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