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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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STARWatch with Emma Roberts at the Maui Film Festival

Malika Dudley interviews Hollywood Star Emma Roberts at the Maui Film Festival 2014 For the film and event schedule click here. Credit: Jon Vilora, MAUIWatch Field Production Manager Digital Audio Vision

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Maui Film Festival coverage day #1

Malika Dudley takes a first look at the Maui Film Festival. For the film and event schedule click here. Credit: Jon Vilora, MAUIWatch Field Production Manager Digital Audio Vision

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25 Years Later: Lahaina Cinemas Stands Proud and Alone

“You’ve got your Multi-Plex, which is three movie theaters in one. Then you got your Quadra-plex, where you see one movie but hear five.” -Billy Crystal, The Oscars In the spring of 1989, news that Lahaina movie buffs could see “Twins,” “Working Girl” and “Beaches” in a movie theater wouldn’t normally appear to be a big deal. Except, the attraction …

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