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Theater Review: Same Time, Next Year

Lee Garrow’s production of Bernard Slade’s “Same Time, Next Year” manages to embrace the confines of its premise (one set, two actors, six scenes in two acts covering a 25-year relationship) and even surpass them. There is a unabashed, even daring, theatricality to a work like this, in which we witness the relationship between George (played by Neil Sullivan) and …

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Hawaii’s Superstar Bruno Mars Comes Back Home

Hawaii’s Mega Star “Bruno Mars” is coming home for his “24K Magic Live Homecoming Concert” which has been officially set for Saturday November 10th at the 45,000 seated Aloha Stadium with the show starting at 7:00 p.m. with the “Common Kings” and “The Green” to open up the show. Tickets will be available to Hawaii residents only on June 9th at …

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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: 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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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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