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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, June 8, 2001

Critic's Choice

Mini-review of a current stage production by Advertiser theater critic Joseph Rozmiarek

• "Victor/Victoria": Find out if the musical that brought Julie Andrews back to Broadway after 30 years can sustain itself without her. The Diamond Head Theatre production is lavishly staged and Cathy Foy sings beautifully, but the show has a soft center and run-on homophobic comedy. 8 p.m. today and Saturday; and 4 p.m. Sunday at DHT, 520 Makapu'u Ave. $10-$40 ($5 discount for students, seniors and military for $20 and $30 seats only). 734-0274.

Mini-reviews of current art exhibits by Advertiser art critic Virginia Wageman

• "Drawing Is Another Kind of Language" (The Contemporary Museum, through Sunday, 526-1322) — This exhibition, drawn from a private New York collection, presents a broad range of works on paper from the past half-century, the earliest a Barnett Newman from 1946. The artists are mostly Americans and mostly minimalists.

• Francis Haar: The Japan Years (Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, through July 15; 945-7633) — Splendid photographs from the 20 years he lived in Japan, 1940 to 1960. Haar's black-and-white prints are exquisite examples of the genre.

• "Na Maka Hou: New Visions" (Honolulu Academy of Arts, through June 17, 532-8700) — This broad overview of work by contemporary Native Hawaiian artists is not to be missed. Included are works by artists who were instrumental in the Hawaiian renaissance that emerged in the 1970s and works by craftspeople. Conceptual pieces, particularly a powerful and moving installation by Kau'i Chun, bring the exhibition into the 21st century.

• "Bamboo in Japanese Culture" (East-West Center Gallery, through June 29, 944-7177) — Bamboo in all its guises is on display, including objects decorated with bamboo motifs. The baskets steal the show.

• "Tropical Energy: Recent Ceramic Sculptures and Drawings by Jun Kaneko" (Honolulu Academy of Arts, through July 22, 532-8700) — Grand ceramic sculptures are installed throughout the museum. A wall of ceramic tiles, titled "Honolulu Wall," is a masterpiece of color and pattern.