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MVT cuts Wednesday shows, adds Saturday matinees this fall

May 21st, 2009

Manoa Valley Theatre is tweaking playdates — eliminating Wednesday opening night performances but adding a Saturday matinee — for its upcoming 2009-2010 season beginning this fall.
Further, the 41st season has been streamlined to five shows, with a sixth production staged as a “special” attraction, requiring additional admission. Thus, season tickets will cover five admissions only.
The theater says the changes are due to popular demand, perhaps following the lead of Diamond Head Theatre, whose regular production schedule includes Thursday night performances and matinees on select Saturdays and Sundays.
Other changes: Season ticket buyers for Friday series of shows now have an option of requesting reserved seating section privileges, a new feature.
We listed the fall slate earlier in an earlier blog before there were changes in the season count. To repeat:
* “Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit,” Sept. 3 through 20. A musical revue by Gerard Alessandrini, off-Broadway’s kingin of send-ups and spoofs of mainstream shows. Directed by Elitei Tatafu. This edition includes parodies of “Jersey Boys,” “Mamma Mia!,” “South Pacific,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked.” Show creator Allesandrini will again lend personal assistance, assuring a spot-on spoof.
* “Winter Wonderettes,” Nov. 12 through 29, a holiday musical by Roger Bean. Directed by Brett Harwood. The 1960s provide the backdrop to a holiday party for the soon-to-close Harper’s Hardware, and the score is rich with winterly wonderments like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and yes, even “Mele Kalikimaka.”
* “The Dixie Swim Club,” Jan. 14 through 31, a comedy-drama by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Directed by Betty Burdick. Five Southern women whose friendship dates back to their college swim team ear, go on an annual August weekend to recharge those roots; the play spans a 33-year period.
* “Hair,” March 4 through 21, an American tribal love-rock musical by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt McDermot, currently in revival on Broadway. Directed by Rob Duval. It’s a 1968 flashback to the Age of Aquarius, with a dawn of such Top 40 hits as “Good Morning Starshine,” “Hair,” and “Let the Sunshine In,” amid anti-war and love-and-peace themes.
* “Sleuth,” May 20 through June 6, a thriller by Anthoy Shaffer. Director TBA. A mystery writer ensconced in an English manor lures his wife’s lover to his home and convinces him o stage a robbery of her gems for their mutual benefit, triggering a chain of events that test the audience’s ability to define where reality and fantasy begin and end in a game with murderous consequences.
The sixth production will be “Once Upon One Time,” July 8 through 25; this is the award-winning local-style musical comedy parody, by Lisa Matsumoto, Paul Palmore and Roslyn Catracchia, now heralded as a special engagement. Directed by Bree Bumatai; combines pidgin with parody, as family fairy tales unwind with familiar characters and situations, cloaked with loco local lunacy: Noelani and da Six Menehunes, Red Rose Haku, Kekoa and Maile, and Da Keed Who Wen Cry Mongoose. It’s the first revival of a popular series by the late playwright Matsumoto. Mythic and manic fun-kine stuff.
Season tickets are $140 for five plays; a $140 flex pass, which allows five admissions useable in any combination of plays in the 2009-10 season, is also available. Season subscribers can order early for “Once Upon One Noddah Time” at $30 per ticket. And food service prior to curtain will be available in selected runs.
Curtain time will be 7:30 p.m. for Thursday openings, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays.
Information: 988-6131.

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