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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 »»

Burn’n for Darren Lee

December 18, 2014 This week, Maui’s Elvis celebrates a birthday. “Burn’n Love” turns 1 today, and it will soon hit the 200-performance mark. more »»

ProArts cast rises to challenge of unorthodox ‘Wonderful Life’ version

December 18, 2014 ProArts is the biggest risk-taker of all the Maui theatrical companies, and for that alone, it deserves high praise. more »»

Hit the airwaves with ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

December 11, 2014 On Christmas Eve, a desperate man, convinced his life is worth nothing, stands at the brink of suicide. more »»

The season for dance

December 4, 2014 School’s popular program packed with song, dance and theater this weekend From dancing on the ceilings and walls of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, to tap dancing elves, to 10 dance companies in... more »»

‘Elf: The Musical’ a holiday hit

December 4, 2014 Short of a sold-out Castle Theater show, “Elf: The Musical” was the most crowded opening night I have witnessed since “Cats” in 2010. more »»

Bill Ma­her

November 27, 2014 *Comedian will return to Maui in January for show at the MACC Phone conversations with Bill Maher are beginning to become an annual tradition for me. more »»

‘Elf’ The Musical

November 20, 2014 There are very few things I dislike more than a sappy, low-budget, Hallmark Christmas movie, but when sentimental stories work, they work. more »»


November 13, 2014 The Maui Arts & Cultural Center is throwing itself a party on Saturday to celebrate 20 years of arts, entertainment, culture and community on Maui… and it’s FREE! TWENTYfest, the 20th anniversary... more »»

More teenage drama ...

November 13, 2014 There are two schools of thought in presenting youth theater. The first is choosing familiar material well-suited for a current group of students. more »»

Drama, drama, drama

November 6, 2014 A virtual whirlwind of performing arts on Maui is about to commence, with four to five productions running every weekend over the next six week. more »»

Events sure to provide a Haunting Halloween

October 30, 2014 If you can’t find anything fun to do around Halloween on Maui, you’re either overly picky or incredibly uninformed. more »»



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