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