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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, October 29, 2004

'Manoa Valley' returns home with original actors

Advertiser Staff

Nostalgia, late-night theater, social issues and comedy are on the playbills this week.

Original 'Manoa'

From left, Alvin Chan and Stan Egi perform in the nostalgic "Manoa Valley," beginning tonight at Kennedy Theatre.

Andrew Shimabuku

Edward Sakamoto's acclaimed "Manoa Valley" returns to the theater that gave it its world premiere 22 years ago. And it's complete with the original director, Glenn Cannon, and original cast members Stan Egi, Darryl Tsutsui and Kati Kuroda. The pidgin-rich tale of Island life just before statehood is told through the lives of a local Japanese family.

Premieres at 8 p.m. today, repeating at 8 p.m. Saturday, Thursday, and Nov. 5-6 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Kennedy Theatre's main stage at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa. There's a free pre-show chat at 7 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 6. Tickets are $15 general, $12 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $10 non-UHM students; $3 UHM students. 956-7655, etickethawaii.com.

View of the family

Carolyn Covalt and Nathan Townsend explore the meaning of family in "This is My House," beginning Saturday at the Earle Ernst Theatre at UH-Manoa. Covalt also co-wrote the play.

Jennifer Bolieu

"This is My House," composed of monologues, dialogues, vignettes and movement pieces, looks at the many definitions of today's families. It was conceived and written by UH-Manoa graduate students Carolyn Covalt and Jennifer Bolieu (the latter also directs), based on a series of interviews and discussions with members of the community.

Premieres at 11 p.m. Saturday, repeating at 11 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and at 8 p.m. Sunday at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, UH-Manoa. There's a post-show rap Nov. 5. Tickets are $8 general, $7 non-UHM students, seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $3 UHM students; available an hour before curtain. 956-7655.

'Why?' once more

We told you once, we told you twice. But the problem of ice is so pervasive, we must tell you a third time: The third and final performance of "Why?" which tackles substance abuse, takes place on Halloween.

The musical drama, written and composed by retired Honolulu police Lt. Harry Chinn, premiered in 1992 and focuses on ice and alcohol abuse. A cast of students and adult actors will be accompanied by the University of Hawai'i Orchestra and members of the Hawai'i Youth Orchestra

Show time is 3 p.m. Sunday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. It's free, but tickets — available at O'ahu 7-Eleven stores, YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs — are required. 261-9807.

Classic 'Crucible'

Arthur Miller's classic drama "The Crucible," about the witch trials in Salem, Mass., in the 17th century, begins this weekend, just in time for Halloween. It's a cautionary tale as simple farmers John and Elizabeth Proctor become victims of vengeance and paranoia. Karen Meyer directs a cast of 20 student actors .

Premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday and repeats at 8 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 7 at the Ronald E. Bright Theatre, Castle High School. Tickets are $10 general, $6 students, seniors, and military. 233-5626.

Seven bits of comedy

The Iolani School Dramatic Players offer "All in the Timing," by David Ives. It's a collection of seven comic one-act plays.

Premieres at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and repeats at 7 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 5-6 at Iolani School's Seto Hall. Tickets are $3 general for Wednesday, $5 for all other shows. 943-2244.