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'Shoyu on Rice'

April 16, 2015 Quality performing arts companies establish an artistic niche within their community. more »»

Spotlight on Seabury

April 9, 2015 Many former Seabury Hall dancers have gone on to professional careers in cities like Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Honolulu. more »»

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ rises to top

April 9, 2015 In 2013, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” lingered in the shadow of Nora Ephron’s (“Sleepless in Seattle”) “Lucky Guy,” which starred Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut and Courtney B. Vance. more »»

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

April 2, 2015 Since 2010, ProArts Inc. has been carving out an essential artistic niche within the Maui theater communit. more »»

Maui choreographer puts love of art in motion

March 26, 2015 feel so fortunate to be able to do my work here on this island — I love to touch all different aspects of the Maui artistic community,” said Andre Morissette. more »»

History in movement

March 19, 2015 Multiple aspects of American Indian culture are being explored in three productions on Maui this week. more »»

Monster talent shines in ‘Shrek’

March 12, 2015 When it comes to youth productions, there will always be something less than perfect. But the effort put behind “Shrek: The Musical” makes this show stand out. more »»

‘Annie Get Your Gun’ hits mark

March 12, 2015 At the heart of “Annie Get Your Gun” is its anthem, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and there can be no show if there is no business. more »»

Husband-wife duo aim high in Maui OnStage production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

March 5, 2015 In the midst of the women’s suffrage movement emerged a teenage girl who had a different take on women’s rights. Annie Oakley didn’t wait for them, she just lived it. more »»

Shrek the musical

February 26, 2015 This year, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, the Ford Mustang and the Pillsbury Doughboy are all celebrating 50th anniversaries. more »»

Sentiments not ‘Lost in Yonkers’

February 19, 2015 Nearly 65 years ago, the legendary Sid Caesar assembled the greatest comedy writing staff ever. more »»

Seeing red in ‘The Crucible’

February 12, 2015 The evolution of Arthur Miller’s classic drama “The Crucible” is quite astonishin. more »»

Laugh at layovers with The Queue'

February 5, 2015 We’ve all had an unpleasant airport layover. My two personal favorites were six hours in Honolulu when the pilot had a heart attack, and 10 glorious hours at LAX last year. more »»

MAPA cast performances lead ‘Next to Normal’ to new heights

February 5, 2015 Broadway musicals have distinct eras and trends. For well over a decade, that trend has been light fare based upon a familiar story. more »»

The murderous tale of Lizzie Borden

January 29, 2015 Lizzie Borden took an ax And gave her mother forty whacks When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one Starting Friday night, the students of King Kekaulike High School will presen... more »»

Next to Normal

January 22, 2015 There is no dysfunction in a Norman Rockwell painting, unless you count the kid who didn’t want a haircut. My great-grandmother was a Rockwell. more »»

Theater on the edge

January 15, 2015 Frequent readers of Backstage are aware that in addition to writing about theater, I moonlight working in theater. The event that is the most rewarding for me is the Maui Fringe Theater Festival. more »»

New Shanghai Circus

January 8, 2015 What do porcelain, paper, gunpowder, spaghetti and acrobatics have in common? If you said they were all invented in China, pass go and collect $200. more »»

2015 ushers in eclectic theater lineup

January 1, 2015 Every year on Maui, a new crop of shows is announced around the holidays. more »»

Top 10 2014

December 25, 2014 It’s touching that show business traditionally shuts down for Christmas. In a sense, this is the slowest week of the year with the exception of crowded movie theaters. more »»



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