John Williams (left, first and second photo) and Bill Hubbard bring small-town Texas to life as they portray 22 individual characters, or roughly 10-percent of the population of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas using costume changes and different voices. Victoria McGee photo

‘Red, White and Tuna’ has Texas wit, charm

In “Red, White and Tuna” while playing Didi Snavely, the proprietor of Didi’s Used Weapons, John Williams offers these sage words — “If you can’t get shot in a small town in Texas you’re not trying very hard.” The comedy of “Red, White and Tuna” requires great character ...

William Makozak (top photo from left) as Jason and Jennifer Rose as Madea show that Euripides classic tale of the scorned woman is still fresh after 24 centuries. (Below), the full cast of Madea, wearing masks, takes the stage.
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Classic Greek tragedy ‘Medea’ still relevant

In his director’s notes in the “Medea” program Vinnie Linares offers, “Euripides skillfully uses the myth of Medea to substantially challenge the notion of harmony and balance — wanting, I believe, to have his audience leave somewhat perplexed, questioning the strong notions of right ...

John Williams (left) and William Hubbard in the ProArts Playhouse production of “Red, White and Tuna.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays opening Friday through July 2 (no performance this Sunday) at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. Tickets are $26 and available by phone at 463-6550 or online at
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Texas roots not required

While in college, my drama professor and theater mentor, Donna J. Sparks, instructed me that I would learn more about theater by going to one play a week than I would ever learn in a text book. She also promised her students that if we brought in a ticket stub every Monday morning to prove that ...

Jennifer Rose is “Medea” in Euripedes classic Greek tragedy. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays beginning June 10 through 18 at the ‘A‘ali‘ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus in Makawao. Tickets are $20 at the door only. 
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Hot times and cool theaters

June will be busting out with classical, artistic activity at Seabury Hall’s ‘A‘ali‘ikuhonua Creative Arts Center in Makawao. Next Saturday Vinnie Linares’ Oh Boy Productions begins a four-show series of classic plays starting with the Greek tragedy “Medea” by Euripides. ...


Summer theater is hot

In past summers theatrical events have been sparse on Maui, prompting myself and previous Backstage columnists to write profiles on local performers when few, if any, shows were running. The 2016-17 season has seen more productions than ever before on Maui with no end in sight as eight local ...

The Maui Chamber Orchestra presents “West Side Story in Concert.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets range from $27 to $55 and are available by calling 242-6969 or online at ALLY SHORE photo

A fresh take on ‘West Side Story’

Just after World War II, choreographer-director Jerome Robbins approached composer Leonard Bernstein and writer Arthur Laurents about collaborating on a contemporary musical based on “Romeo and Juliet.” Robbins suggested changing the classic love tragedy to focus upon an Irish-Catholic ...

Trevor Noah entertains Maui audiences with two shows in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului on May 25. Seats still remain for Noah’s 10 p.m. performance, but are sold out for his 8 p.m. show. Tickets range from $79.50 to $99.50 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at Photo courtesy the artist

Trevor Noah

One of the biggest cliches in stand-up is “timing is everything,” a quote originally attributed to William Shakespeare. In the case of South African-born comedian Trevor Noah, a different type of timing has led to his immense success. Noah has hosted Comedy Central’s Emmy and Peabody ...

Ella Direnfeld (left) and Maia Taketa perform in last year’s Maui Academy for Performing Art’s “MOVES.” The 2017 Spring Extravaganza showcase returns Saturday and Sunday to the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets range from $17 to $22 (plus applicable fees). To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the MACC box office, call 242-7469 or visit Peter Liu photo

Dance blooms this spring

Just as Seabury Hall hosts “Dance Showcase” annually, Maui Academy of Performing Arts showcases more than 400 dancers each May in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului with its “Spring Extravaganza.” Three shows to be performed this weekend will star ...

Robert E. Wills (from left) Ricky Jones, Cameron Keys, David Tuttle, Rueben Carrion, Megan Caccamo and Neil Sullivan bring the drama of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” to Maui. Jack Grace photo

Marine Corps honor and military mentality on trial

Although rarely as well attended as musicals, when done right, a great drama is considerably more intimate, affective and touchable. Director Rick Scheideman’s minimalist staging of “A Few Good Men” leaves little option other than investing in the dramatic work of this strong local ...

Reuben Carrion (from left), Ricky Jones and David Tuttle put military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial at the Maui premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, April 28 through May 14 at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets range from $20 to $40. Call 242-6969 or order online at Brett Wulfson photo

You think you can handle the truth?

Back stories are, in many cases, just as riveting as the final product. Once upon a time there was a young man from Scarsdale, N.Y., who loved theater. His sister Deborah, upon graduating from law school, signed up for a three-year stint with the U.S. Navy JAG corps. Her younger brother was an ...

The Seabury Hall Dance Ensemble dazzles in “Spanish Nights” as part of the Seabury Hall Performing Arts’ Dance Showcase 2017 in the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the school campus in Makawao at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The seats are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets, visit Jack Grace photo

Performance-filled weekend

Now in its 28th year, Seabury Hall Performing Arts’ Dance Showcase is a culmination of a year’s worth of first-rate dance training. The popular event annually features all levels of the program in a recital of jazz, modern, ballet, world and contemporary dance. For 2017, director of dance, ...

Jim Oxborrow and Marsi Smith appear in ProArts Inc.’s production of “Dial M for Murder.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays beginning Friday through April 30 (no performance on Sunday) at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. Tickets are $26 and available by phone at 463-6550 or online at
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‘Dial M for Murder’

Mysteries, thrillers and horrors are heavily produced in film and all are equally popular when it comes to best-selling nonfiction. Yet suspenseful dramas are a rarity on stage. Two of the most successful plays of this genre were written by the same man, “Wait Until Dark” and “Dial M for ...

Glinda the Goodwitch (Danyelle Contreras) and Dorothy (Erin Tsue) discuss how to get back to Kansas as Baldwin High School Performing Arts Learning Center and Baldwin Theatre Guild present “The Wizard of Oz.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays beginning tonight through April 16 in the auditorium at the Baldwin High School campus. There will be no performance on April 8; there will be an additional 2 p.m. performance on April 15. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $7 for students 12 to 17; and $5 for children 11 and younger, and are available at the box office 45 minutes before showtime.
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Off to see the Wizard

There are three written works that are the most adapted in entertainment history. First is the Bible, second are the plays of William Shakespeare and third is L. Frank Baum’s tales of Oz. A mere two years after “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” debuted, a musical stage version appeared on ...

Starring (from left) Kristin Clayton, Keith Phares and Frederica von Stade.
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‘Three Decembers’

Just like the Broadway musical, opera needed to reinvent itself to survive in the 21st century. When baby boomers preferred rock concerts in the late 1960s and ’70s, along came “Hair,” “Godspell,” “Pippin” and the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber. When their children and ...

Compagnie Herve Koubi’s “What the Day Owes to the Night.” Nelson Romero photo

Compagnie Herve Koubi:

On many occasions, I’ve observed several sports-centric, athletic men crippled with an exhaustion they have never known following a lengthy dance rehearsal. Those who are skilled in multitasking but have never danced on stage, have no idea how mind-numbing and physically taxing it can be to ...

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents “Nogales: Storytellers in Cartel Country,” by Richard Montoya at 7:30 p.m. tonight in its McCoy Studio Theater in Kahului. The exclusive one-night-only presentation will be the only Hawaii engagement. Tickets for the show are $28 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at Joan Osato photo

Tragedy at the Nogales border

The border between the United States and Mexico has been a tinder box of disputes ever since it was redrawn with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in February of 1848. Less than two weeks prior to the conclusion of the Mexican-American War, James Marshall discovered gold in the American River ...

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‘Keep it rare’

Tony nominee and Emmy winner Eddie Izzard is arguably one of the biggest stars in the world — with the exception of the non-cosmopolitan United States. When the Maui Arts & Cultural Center announced a one-night-only performance last month, the British comedian’s fervent fan base lit up ...

Laura Cole (center, red shirt), Steven Dascoulias (tan jacket) and fellow cast members wrap up “Oklahoma?” in the Maui OnStage production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” JACK GRACE photo

‘Scoundrels’ wickedly funny

STAGE REVIEW From its opening number “Give Them What They Want,” Maui OnStage’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical” is unconventionally charming. If you loved “The Book of Mormon,” than you will absolutely love “Scoundrels.” Fans of both “South Park” and “Family ...

Performances of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” featuring Steven Dascoulias (from left), Ross Young and Lia Krieg-De Souza, will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays this week through March 19 at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets range from $20 to $40 and are available by calling 242-6969 or online at
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‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

To date, the 21st century has been the Broadway era of pop movie to musical adaptations, exceptions being award-winning megahits like “Next to Normal,” “Fun Home” and “Hamilton.” New musical adaptations emerge with great fanfare each season, the most anticipated of 2017 being ...