Comedy ‘Out of Order’ opens at ProArts Playhouse
No stranger to directing outlandish comedies on Maui, director David Belew calls his latest project, “One of the funniest shows I’ve ever been a part of.” The British farce “Out of Order,” by Ray Cooney, opens this weekend at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei.
Cooney’s award-winning comedy debuted in London in 1990 but has since gone on to see hundreds of productions all over the world, translated to French, Hungarian, Chinese, Russian, Malaysian and Hindi.
Belew explained the premise of the plot.
“A junior government minister is about to have an affair with a young secretary from the opposition party. They’ve been flirting for some time and great preparations have been made for discretion. When he arrives at the hotel room he discovers a dead body on the window ledge and is now trying to hide the dead body to avoid the bad publicity of both an affair and a dead body. The lies keep piling on, and the scenario becomes out of control,” he revealed. Playing the role Minister Richard Willey is Dale Button, and Hana Valle portrays his would-be mistress Jane Worthington.
I asked Belew, who directed Neil Simon’s “Rumors” and “Avenue Q” last season, about his track record in directing comedy.
“There are other types of shows I would like to direct, but it’s fun to have a niche. It’s flattering that others recognize that work and appreciated those shows,” he shared.
I inquired how this show was chosen and why he wanted to direct it.
“I directed it before in Chicago. So I knew it well. Knowing just how funny it is and knowing how it hits audiences, I presented it to ProArts when they were looking for shows for their upcoming season. The writing is clever. There is a one-liner or a funny gag one right after another for two hours. We have a great cast too. Some very experienced actors and a few that have never been onstage,” Belew conveyed. Additional “Out of Order” cast members include Shane Borge, Laura Kinne, Alan Muniz, David Negaard, Marsi Smith, Kathy Worley, Lou Young and Rich Young. Belew added why “Out of Order” is must-see. “It’s a great way to forget all the worries and cares of the world today and just laugh non-stop for a couple of hours.”
* ProArts presents “Out of Order” by Ray Cooney, directed by David Belew. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, starting Friday, March 6 through 22 at the ProArts Playhouse. Tickets are $27. For more information or to purchase tickets for any ProArts event, call 463-6550 or visit www.proartsmaui.com.
ALSO THIS WEEK
New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre returns with “Mrs. Krishnan’s Party.” Maui is invited to the party, but space is limited for this comedic play which seats the audience around a dining table in the back room of an Indian convenience store. It’s Onam, a time to celebrate life, death, and rebirth, and Mrs. Krishnan (Kalyani Nagarajan) is throwing the party of her life. Audiences will step into the shop where garlands decorate the ceiling, music flows, and homemade dhal is prepared and served to you, their guests, on- stage, at this unique one-night-only theatrical event. Performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 in Castle Theater at MACC. Tickets are $65 (plus applicable fees). To purchase tickets for any MACC event visit MACC box office, call 242-7469 or order at www.mauiarts.org.
Seabury Hall Performing Arts continues “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro, directed by Marsha Kelly. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6 through 8 at the A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus in Makawao. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 seniors, and $5 students. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit www.seaburyhall.org.
Baldwin Theatre Guild presents. “Disney’s Aladdin JR.,” directed by Linda Carnevale, choreographed by Erin Kowalick and Rachel Lockhart and under the musical direction of Tana Larson. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 6 through 8 at the Baldwin Auditorium on Baldwin High School campus in Wailuku. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students 12 to 17, $5 11 and under, and are available at the box office 45 minutes before show time.
Maui OnStage Youth Theater presents “The Ants and the Grasshoppers,” by Ross Mihalko and Donna Swift, directed by Jessica Nelson. Performances are at 11 a.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays, March 7 through 15 at Historic Iao Theater. Tickets are $10 adults, $6 children. To purchase tickets for any Iao Theater event call 242-6969 or order at www.mauionstage.com.
ProArts and Aloha Media present “Gutsy Women: A Showcase to Celebrate International Women’s Day” hosted by playwright and radio host Amorah St. John. Performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the ProArts Playhouse. Tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets for any ProArts event call 463-6550 or visit www.proartsmaui.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to Women Helping Women.