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Chicago, New Zealand production companies return for Maui shows

“Rink Life,” based on the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970s roller rink culture, will show at the MACC at 7:30 p.m. on March 24. LUCKY PLUSH PRODUCTIONS / BENJAMIN WARDELL photo

The Maui News

A performance that takes its cues from 1970s roller rink culture and a play about the impermanence of life, love and ice cream will feature at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater later this month.

Tickets for Lucky Plush Production’s “Rink Life” and Indian Ink Theatre’s “Paradise or The Impermanence of Ice Cream” go on sale at 10 a.m. today, online only at mauiarts.org.

Lucky Plush Productions is an ensemble dance-theater company based in Chicago, led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads.

“Rink Life” combines theater, physical comedy, postmodern dance and social commentary that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970s roller rink culture, according to a MACC news release. The staging and choreography are built from the spatial rules and social codes of a roller rink, and the script-turned-libretto — created from passing conversations, distant whispers, pop-song earworms and found scripts — is entirely spoken and sung live. The performance features music ranging from the Bee Gees to James Brown, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens and many other artists.

“Paradise or The Impermanence of Ice Cream” will show at the MACC at 7:30 p.m. March 26. INDIAN INK THEATRE photo

“Rink Life” was originally scheduled to visit Maui in March 2020 but was delayed by the onset of the pandemic. Tickets for the show, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 24, cost $30 and $45, plus applicable fees. MACC members receive a 10 percent discount.

Indian Ink Theatre, meanwhile, is based in Auckland and is considered one of New Zealand’s most successful theatre companies with 13 national and international awards, the news release said.

“Paradise or The Impermanence of Ice Cream” by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis is inspired by Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Denial of Death” and the vibrant, life-filled chaos of India’s most cosmopolitan city, Mumbai. Rajan channels seven characters, weaving the afterlife and dash of Bollywood disco into the real life mystery of India’s vanishing vultures. A man trying desperately to avoid death is flung between limbo and his past where a rebellious young woman holds the key that may guide him to paradise.

Tickets for the show, set for 7:30 p.m. March 26, also cost $30 and $45 plus applicable fees, with a 10 percent discount for MACC members.

The MACC no longer requires proof of full vaccination but still requires masks to be worn over the nose and mouth at all times while indoors.

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