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The Avant-Garde

Stop Kiss

Of this play reviewer Ben Brantley of the Gray Lady wrote “The breezy comic spirit doesnt trivialize the plays underlying gravity.” That is, theres a lot of humor even after the girl-on-girl kiss turns serious. For mature audiences. Notable: a good show for those who love the Big Apple.

Kennedy Theatre Late Night, 9/23–10/1, [hawaii.edu]

Hot ‘n’ Throbbing

Another “for mature audiences only” show, this Late Night event promises both violence and erotica. Directed by the multi-talented Troy M. Apostol. Notable: savage…and savagely funny.

Kennedy Theatre Late Night, 11/4–11/12, [hawaii.edu]

A Jivebomber’s Christmas

The indomitable spirit of party-on-down awakens in a WWII Japanese internment camp, just in time for Christmas 1943. Notable: a Kumu Kahua world premiere, filled with jump and jive.

Kumu Kahua Theatre, 11/10–12/11, [kumukahua.org]

The House of Blue Leaves

Got a dyspeptic bent? If so, black comedies are the best antacid. Take a spoonful of “Blue Leaves,” the 1966 John Guare play that skewers religion, ambition and schizophrenia within the ironically named Queens suburb of Sunnyside. Notable: possibly the most intelligent play in this season’s line-up.

Hawaii Pacific University, 11/4–12/4, [hpu.edu]