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Kardashian and West grace Maui for a romantic birthday

A few photos have been coming into the MW Command Center regarding a possible visit from the infamous Kim Karsahsian and Kanye West. According to to E!Online, Kanye treated his new wife to a “fabulous vacation in paradise”. That’s right, E! News has learned the fashionable couple is enjoying part of their week in Hawaii. Kanye woke a “surprised” Kim …

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The Glass Menagerie: A primer for the MAPA Production

Compassion isn’t a quality one instantly associates with the works of Tennesee Williams. Most of his plays famously come with attractive casts, sporting juicy Southern accents, feigning the sweat of a long hot summer, pushing against moral constraints and fiercely expressing their barely contained frustrations and lust. If there exists of a trilogy of essential Williams plays, its unquestionably “Cat …

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Movie Review: Left Behind (2014)

Arguably the biggest movie curiosity of 2014 has arrived and surprisingly hasn’t gone straight to video. Based on how it plays, it could have premiered on the SYFY Channel, in between airings of “Sharktopus” and “Sharknado 2: The Second One.” The irresistible pairing of Oscar winner Nicolas Cage and a faith based film company has resulted in a remake of …

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Looking Back: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Here’s a remake that truly wasn’t just a re-hash of the original and matches the deep-seeded paranoia and creepiness of its predecessor. It’s also every bit as forced as most remakes and stands meekly in the large shadow cast by the first film bearing the title. The 1962 “Manchurian Candidate” firmly remains a classic American film, depicting our fears of …

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Wait Until Dark: Behind the Scenes of the Maui Onstage Production

The Maui OnStage production of “Wait Until Dark” at the historic Iao Theater is directed by Dale Button, who was in the midst of a tech rehearsals when I met him and his cast. It was amusing to witness firsthand the cheerful camaraderie in view. The play is intense and blood curdling but the actors were all cheerful and chummy, …

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REVIEW: Wait Until Dark

During a pivotal sequence in the Dale Button directed production of “Wait Until Dark,” the characters and the audience are immersed in total darkness. It’s so dark, I couldn’t see my hand in front of me, and only the EXIT sign to my far left and some glowing stage tape gave me any sense of geography. While this passage of …

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Wait Until Dark: A Primer for the Maui OnStage Production

It almost doesn’t seem possible, that a play could be scary. With all the things movies have going for them, like creepy soundtracks, ominous sound effects, actors pretending to be petrified and a voyeuristic camera, you’d figure the same effect couldn’t be replicated on stage, in a theater, with actors clearly performing in front of you. Yet, Broadway and theater …

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Backstage and Review of Maui’s “Miss Saigon”

The lights inside the Castle Theater lower and we’re suddenly jolted by the loud, immense sound of a helicopter swooping down into the audience. This persuasive sound effect sets the tone immediately for the Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of “Miss Saigon,” which begins with a roar and never ceases in exuding confidence. While not a traveling production of …

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Robin Williams- Remembered

Artists like Robin Williams never truly die, as the extraordinary reach of his work will always be felt and never diminish, nor be forgotten. I don’t mean this in some short-sighted, insensitive way. It will take time for all who loved him to mourn, for his millions of fans to grieve and for the details of his death to become …

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Miss Saigon: Why It’s Important- A Primer for the MAPA Production

As the Maui Academy of Performing Arts prepares for the opening of “Miss Saigon,” I’m reminded of the things that make that show, and its potential to reach young Maui audiences, so important. Following last year’s successful, large scale undertaking by MAPA to produce “Les Miserables,” the efforts of local performers and theater artists to replicate the power of “Miss …

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