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Local theater company 'Ohi'a Productions is staging a revival of the late Lisa Matsumoto's beloved musical "The Princess and the Iso Peanut," which was first performed — with Matsumoto as a cast member — in 1999 at Diamond Head Theatre.
The play, which opens today at Hawai'i Theatre, is a twist on the typical happily-ever-after fairytales: Princess Alexis is being forced to wed a man she can't stand, while embarking on a journey to find true love with a local Japanese prince.
There's family drama, a perilous boat trip, a band of pirates and plenty of communication breakdown as the princess tries to understand her beloved prince's pidgin, and he tries to brush up on his Shakespeare.
"The Princess and the Iso Peanut" / Hawai'i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. / today-April 18 / 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; special 2 p.m. matinee tomorrow / $15-$30 / www.hawaiitheatre.com, 528-0506
HOT FOR SCOTS
The 29th annual Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games happens 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Kap'iolani Park (www.scotshawaii.org), free, with music, dancing, food (haggis!), games and a highland dance competition.
LOVELY HULA HANDS
The 47th annual Merrie Monarch Festival started yesterday and continues through Sunday. Watch it live on K5 or streamed live at www.K5thehometeam.com.
A RIOT NIGHT OUT
Steve Carell and Tina Fey team up for the first time in the wacky comedy "Date Night," as a run-of-the-mill married couple who get into trouble on a date gone awry. The movie opens today.
It's official. Hello Kitty has outdone herself. The familiar icon of cute is the star of the new Sanrio Cafe (486-1888) in Pearlridge Center. The cafe's grand opening happens all day tomorrow and Sunday, with games, prizes and an appearance by the Kitty herself.
DAN THE FUNNY MAN
Standup comic Dan Gabriel will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pipeline Café ($20 general, $40 VIP, 877-714-7668, www.groovetickets.com). Gabriel does "smart stupid comedy." His words, not ours.
Exotica group Waitiki 7 will be playing at 9 tonight at Fresh Cafe (831 Queen St., $20, waitiki7.com, 688-8055). The seven-piece band performs exotica completely live and acoustic, as it used to be done.
WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
The annual Dark Masked Ball is upon us. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Dark Masked Ball / Loft Gallery & Lounge / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow / $10 / 21+ / www.djnocturna.com