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Theater Review: Black Comedy/ ‘Dentity Crisis

This is why I go to the theater and love it so much, because of productions like Lisa Teichner’s “Black Comedy/ ‘Dentity Crisis.” There is an adventurous spirit at hand, a willingness to push buttons, send up conventions and experiment with the possibilities of live performance, that immediately endeared me to this work. Allow me to explain just what this …

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Theater Review: The Pirates of Penzance

There is an infectious merriment and a parade of extraordinary musical numbers in Michael Pulliam’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” which just opened at the Historic Iao Theater. In this revival of Gilbert & Sullivan’s 140-year old comic opera, a superb cast brings the classic to life and presents one knockout musical number after another. Kiegan Otterson stars as …

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Kalani Pe’a wins sophomore album Grammy Award

Kalani Pe‘a can add another Grammy Award to his already prestigious resume after winning his second Grammy today in LA. The Hilo native was nominated for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album for his sophomore album “No Ane‘i,”. The album, released in August and is the follow-up to his Grammy-winning debut, “E Walea.” Pe‘a was born …

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Ky-Mani Marley releases video statement about missed Lahaina Civic show

Maui reggae fans know Ky-Mani Marley, slotted to be the main headliner of this past weekend’s Bob Bash 2019 Festival, pulled a “no show” after admitting that he was misled by his tour manager that he was not paid by the show’s promoter. On February 10, he released a statement in response to the incident via Facebook Video.

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Theater Review: It’s Only a Play

Frances Taua’s production of “It’s Only A Play” is the best kind of comedy, in that it keeps getting funnier with every scene but has more on its mind than simply generating laughter. Penned by playwright Terrence McNally (whose greatest works include “Master Class,” “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune” and “Love! Valour! Compassion!”) , this farce, about …

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Theater Review: Elf The Musical

Has it really been three years since we last saw Buddy the Elf? It’s hard to believe that, in the holiday slot filled by “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” over the years at the Historic Iao Theater, Buddy and his show have remained dormant. In fact, seeing how astonishingly energetic star Ricky Jones is in the role for …

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Theater Review: Anything Goes

David Ward’s production of Cole Porter’s classic musical/comedy “Anything Goes” is a rare jewel to encounter in present day. It’s amazing, really, to see talented young teenagers belting out Porter classics in 2018 and committing to the energetic shenanigans. Now playing at Seabury Hall, “Anything Goes” is a breezy throwback and a genuine charmer. The plot offers traces of French …

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Theater Review: Vindication

Lin McEwan’s “Vindication,” which just opened at the ProArts Theatre in Kihei,  is an original drama she wrote and directed. She is also the star, playing Mary Wollstonecraft, in a show made up of scenes from Wollstonecraft’s remarkable life (1759-1797)as an author, boundary-pusher and a woman far ahead of her time. If this reads like the play is a vanity …

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Maui boys go viral with Olelo Bruno Mars rendition

Some things are just better in Hawai’i. The poke, weather, culture and now – Bruno Mars. Written by Kamaka Camarillo and Kawika Aspili, “E Pi’i Mai” takes a Hawaiian spin on the song “That’s What I Like” from Mars’ grammy award-winning album, 24K Magic. “The message we’d hope to send is to the next generations, to inspire them to continue …

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PHOTOS: 2018 HALLOWEEN ON FRONT STREET

On Halloween October 31, 2018 participants on Front Street were once again outstanding with an array of costumes from Papalaua Street toward the Banyan Tree Park. Thousands of people estimated to be close to 15,000 – 20,000 attended this annual Maui event this year with hopes of catching the best costumes on the island. Jon would like to personally thank …

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