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Young Frankenstein reaches a younger audience in an MVT musical based on Mel Brooksʻ movie.
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Theater: Fall into Drama

Though summer and winter–or dry and wet–are generally considered Hawaii’s only two seasons, there’s at least one good reason to remember that in some spheres there’s another noteworthy season in the mix: Fall, bringing the opening of a whole new schedule of theatre for the island.


‘Wicked’

The untold stories of the witches of Oz steal the Blaisdell Concert Hall stage. NOTE: Ticketholders, check schedule changes at [broadwayinhawaii.com].

Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., 11/22–11/24 & 1/3, 1/7. 1/10, broadwayin [hawaii.com] or [ticketmaster.com]

The Actors’ Group–TAG

Two dramas, set in times and places of oppression, bow at TAG this fall. The historical drama by Nancy P. Moss, Anna: Love in the Cold War, featuring the poetry of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, and inspired by her meeting in 1945 with Isaiah Berlin, had its acclaimed world premiere at TAG in 2002. The chill increases with Martin McDonagh’s murderous The Pillowman. Recipient of numerous awards, this play was staged several years ago at Mark’s Garage. Troy Apostol, featured as an actor in that production, directs this twisted tale.

Dole Cannery Square, 650 Iwilei Rd., Anna: Love in the Cold War runs 10/12-11/4; The Pillowman runs 12/14-1/6, Thu.–Sat., 7:30pm, Sun., 2pm, $12–$20, reservations recommended, [taghawaii.net], 722-6941

Diamond Head Theatre

Big + Guns = Surefire Hits. From America’s favorite star to her favorite orphan, DHT brings big-time Broadway to the ‘aina. Follow the fate of Fanny Brice as she strives to make it in the Big Apple in Funny Girl, originally starring the diva whose career inspired the script, Barbara Streisand. Then, let little orphan Annie and her “Hard Knock Life” rekindle your warm and fuzzies.

Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave., Funny Girl runs 9/21-10/7; Annie runs 12/7-12/23, Thu.–Fri., 8pm, Sat., 8pm (3pm matinees on 9/29 & 10/6), Sun., 4pm, $15-$50, diamondheadtheatre .com, 733-0274

Kumu Kahua Theatre

It’s all about laughter, mistaken identities, and world-premieres at KKT this fall. Catch Shakespeare done Pidgin-style in Taurie Kinoshita’s One Comedy of Erras. After that, Honolulu’s home for all things local presents Ed Sakamoto’s Fishing for Wives, another comedy with its share of confusion, this time involving picture brides.

Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St., One Comedy of Erras runs through 9/30; Fishing for Wives runs 11/8-12/9, Thu.–Sat. , 8pm, Sun. 2pm, $5-$20, [kumukahua.org]

Manoa Valley Theatre–MVT

From hilarious musical horror to Mamet’s take on Hollywood, MVT runs the gamut as usual. First comes Young Frankenstein, a stage musical based on the Mel Brooks film-re-imagination of the literary classic, starring some of Honolulu’s most talented performers. Then, satire with the dramatic comedy Speed the Plow, in which Mamet sinks his wit into the movie biz.

Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 East Manoa Rd., Young Frankenstein runs through 9/23; Speed the Plow runs 11/8-11/25, Thu., 7:30pm, Fri., 8pm, Sat., 3 and 8pm, Sun., 4pm, $15–$30; [manoavalleytheatre.com], 375-1282

Kennedy Theatre

This fall’s offerings from UH Manoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance represents Thanksgiving. There’s a dish for all tastes, but the theatrical equivalent to the star of the feast has got to be Uncle Vanya and Zombies. Ever-experimental UH theatre professor Markus Wessendorf places a classical realist play in a post-modern reality show with post-apocalyptic Hawaii zombies. Also on the menu, The Giver, a utopian coming-of-age story for young audiences. Appetizer: Fall Footholds dance concert and The Handler. Dessert: Sonnets for an Old Century and The Raku-come, RAKUGO! Show.

Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., See website for various showtimes and ticket prices; [www.hawaii.edu], 956-7655

Leeward Theatre–LCC

The new name in theatre at LCC Betty Burdick has something wonderful in store for the mainstage this fall, a trip down the rabbit hole, a theatrical production of Alice in Wonderland –based on the books rather than the Disney version.

Leeward Theatre, 96-045 Ala ‘Ike, Alice in Wonderland runs 11/9-11/17, Thu.-Sat., 4pm, Sun., 8pm; $15-$30, [LCCtheatre.hawaii.edu], 455-0385

Paul and Vi Loo Theatre–HPU

Director Joyce Maltby has a penchant for clever comedy and will indulge it with The Good Doctor, by Neil Simon, episodic in nature, with each “story” retelling one of Anton Chekhov’s witty-wise early works.

HPU Paul and Vi Loo Theatre, 45-045 Kamehameha Hwy., runs 11/2-12/2, Thu., 7:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm, $5–$25, [hpu.edu], 375-1282

Orvis Auditorium

East meets West at UHM’s Orvis Auditorium as the storytelling duo Eth-Noh-Tec captivates audiences of all ages with story, dance, and music.

UHM Orvis Auditorium, 2411 Dole St., Eth-Noh-Tec runs one night only, Sat., 10/27 (7:30pm) $5-$12. [etickethawaii.com], 944-2697

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

In it’s going-on-58th year, HTY is romping through Ming Dynasty-era China, getting “Spooky” for Halloween, then they’ll talk and laugh.

UHM Tenney Theatre at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Emma Square; Five Chinese Brothers to 9/29; Spooy, 10/12–10/27, Christmas Talk Story, 11/23-12/22, Rap’s Hawaii, early January; go to [htyweb.org], 839-9885.