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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 6, 2006

Curtain rises on 'Joe Turner,' 'M. Butterfly,' 'Ulua'

Advertiser Staff

Colin Miyamoto is opera star Song Liling in "M. Butterfly," opening Wednesday at Manoa Valley Theatre.

Photos by Brad Goda

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Jeanne Herring and Sevada Gilmore are among the cast of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," beginning today at the Yellow Brick Studio.

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Meredith Desha and Jason Kanda star in "Ulua: The Musical," a reprise by Kumu Kahua Theatre, hitting the stage Thursday.

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A new year, a new batch of offerings on O'ahu stages:


August Wilson's drama takes place in 1911 Pittsburgh. With the repression of slavery still fresh in the South, many blacks migrate north for a better life. Traveler Herald Loomis searches for his wife and rediscovers his roots.

Russ Motter directs the production by The Actors' Group.

Premiering at 7:30 p.m. today, repeating at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 5, at Yellow Brick Studio. Tickets are $15 general, $13 seniors, $12 students and groups of 10 or more. 550-8457.


David Henry Hwang's drama is based on real events: A French diplomat living in Beijing has been carrying on with a Chinese opera star for 20 years. Little does he know that the object of his affection is actually a man.

Lyn Kajiwara Ackerman directs. The play is appropriate for those 16 and older.

Premiering at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, repeating at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 29, at Manoa Valley Theatre. Tickets are $25, with a $5 discount for seniors and military; $15 for those 25 and younger. 988-6131.


Kumu Kahua brings back the production it originally staged at McKinley High School; this time it's on the Kumu stage downtown.

It's the tale of a local boy who leaves his life on O'ahu behind and looks for a new beginning on Maui.

"Ulua" was written by Lee Cataluna, who is an Advertiser columnist; music is by Sean T.C. O'Malley. Harry Wong III directs.

Premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, repeating at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 12, at Kumu Kahua Theatre. Tickets are $5-$16. 536-4441.