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‘Elf: The Musical’

November 26, 2015 There are several “back by popular demand” events on Maui every year. more »»

Louie Anderson

November 19, 2015 There is a short list of Hollywood nice guys. Louie Anderson belongs near the top of that list and the longtime Maui visitor will be performing here Nov. 28 for the first time ever. more »»

Twist on ‘Twelfth Night’

November 12, 2015 November will be a jam-packed month of theater on Mau. more »»

Making a classic pop!

November 5, 2015 The popularity of Amy Heckerling’s 1995 film, “Clueless,” based on “Emma” by Jane Austen, may have led to a pop-culture resurgence of Austen’s early-19th-century novels. more »»

Breaking barriers

October 29, 2015 It takes years to become an overnight sensation in stand-up comedy. more »»

Reprising history

October 22, 2015 I first met Maui actor Rick Scheideman three years ago as he was preparing to present “Sam Clemens and the Real Mark Twain” at the Historic Iao Theater. more »»

Maui dancers are united in movement

October 15, 2015 Three years ago at the gala opening of Seabury Hall’s ‘A‘ali‘ikuhonua Creative Arts Center, I witnessed the debut of Maui’s Adaptations Dance Theater. more »»

Seabury Hall ‘Goes ’Round’ with Kander and Ebb

October 8, 2015 Although Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lennon and McCartney are household names, there are few composing tandems that have achieved more success than John Kander and Fred Ebb. more »»

Bob Saget and the emerging success of Maui Celebrity Series

October 1, 2015 Opening night of the relaunched Maui Celebrity Series at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali was a resounding success last Sunda. more »»

Get your laugh on with Iao's 'Noises Off'

October 1, 2015 Were I to delve into the plot of “Noises Off” in this review, there would be no room to praise the performances. more »»

‘Noises off’

September 24, 2015 “Noises Off” is arguably the most popular farce of all time. It is also one of the most complicated plays ever written and immensely difficult to perform. more »»

On the flip side

September 17, 2015 It would be easy to assume that the real Bob Saget is the current foul-mouthed comedian. The old family-friendly Bob Saget probably hated doing “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos. more »»

New season in full swing

September 10, 2015 As a new theater season begins on Broadway, it is apparent, due to the overwhelming success of little shows over the past two seasons (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Fun Home,” “The... more »»

Let the laughs flow

September 3, 2015 Comedy has been blossoming on Maui for the past two years, but with packed houses at nearly every comedy event in 2015, it is fair to suggest that it is now erupting in popularity. more »»

‘Evita’ a remarkable community achievement

August 27, 2015 Stage Review – Four years ago, I began writing Backstage offering a slightly controversial introduction: “My intention is to have an honest discussion with the Maui theater-loving community . . . more »»


August 20, 2015 “I will come again, and I will be millions. more »»

History on Hooves

August 13, 2015 Maui’s newest ongoing production, “Na Lio” (The Horses), began its official run Monday, but on Friday night, members of the media, family and friends were invited to attend a gala opening. more »»

‘A life I wanted to live’

August 6, 2015 Patton Oswalt’s humor may not be for everybody, but he is universally regarded by the comedy world as one of the best in the business. more »»

50 years of theater

July 30, 2015 Long before I began writing Backstage, I read the column every week for many years. Within a few months of living on Maui, I began to hear the name Sue Ann Loudon quite frequently. more »»

‘Annie Jr.,’ ‘Oliver!’ reveal young stars

July 23, 2015 Merely managing a youth theater camp of several dozen children with only a small team of adult instructors is a remarkable feat, but to follow that with an organized and entertaining musical is quit... more »»



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