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KKHS’ ‘The Outsiders’ takes risks, powerfully hits home

February 9, 2012
By MICHAEL PULLIAM (mauibackstage@gmail.com) , For The Maui News

Adaptations and remakes can be tricky. That's probably why no one would dare attempt a "Gone With the Wind" musical. S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" is a perfect tale of teenagers as told by a teenager. Playwright Christopher Sergel has done an admirable job of staying true to the story, and director Chris Kepler has once again chosen a strong dramatic piece for his teen students. Sergel's adaptation relies too much on exposition and monologues, but it is through that exposition that most of Hinton's exact words remain intact. Kepler's casting choices take a bit of getting used to, but after seeing what those young actors bring to their roles this subsides. The more mature-looking and physically bigger Greasers appear to tower over their feared nemeses, the Socs. (It's pronounced So-shis, short for the high school social club set.)

 
 
 

 

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