By Wayne Harada
All the stages are awhirl, in the days ahead:
Manoa Valley Theatre has held over its “Young Frankenstein” for two more performances — at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 and 4 p.m. Oct. 14. It’s the third extension since opening night, with tickets going on sale today (Oct. 4). Tickets: 988-6131, www.manoavalleytheatre.com.
Diamond Head Theatre also has extended its “Funny Girl” with one final show at 4 p.m. Oct. 14. Regular shows end Oct. 7. Tickets: 733-0274, www.diamondheadtheatre.com.
The Honolulu Theatre for Youth goes seasonal and a bit spooky with Jeff Gere staging “Spooky: Haunted Stories From Around the World,” beginning Oct. 12 at Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
Showtimes are at 7:30 opening night, then at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 13 through 30, with two shows — at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.— Oct. 27.
A workshop at 2:30 p.m. precedes the Oct. 27 matinees.
Tickets: 839-9885, www.htyweb.org.
Readers Theatre, that intimate cornerstone of rarely performed plays at the defunct Army Community Theatre, is being rebooted for a three-performance run at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Bacon Auditorium, at Pohai Nani retirement residence in Kaneohe.
Vanita Rae Smith, whose concept was to stage readers theater-type plays of seldomly performed works while she was director at ACT, is partnering with Jane Cambell, formerly with Honolulu Theatre for Youth, to revive Readers Theatre under the sponsorship of the Windward Arts Council, which Campbell now heads.
"Grace and Glorie" will feature Sylvia Hormann-Alper as Grace and Stef Anderson as Glorie, with Suzanne Green providing soun effects.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. To reserve space, call 254-4885 or email email@example.com.
Meanwhile, The Actors Group will hold auditions at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 for “The Pillowman,” at TAG, 650 Iwilei Road. The script is available for reading at the website; those trying out should peruse the script (which contains graphic language, so minors should avoid it, though there is one part of a minor girl) before trying out. Rehearsals begin Oct. 29. There are three lead male roles, one lead female role, plus supporting roles. Troy M. Apostol will direct. Details: http://www.taghawaii.net/Auditions.html
At the University of Hawaii’s Department of Theatre and Dance, it’s dance time — “Fragments in Time,” part of the Footholds dance series, will showcase new choreography by graduate and undergraduate students.
Curtain time: 8 pm. Oct. 10, 11, 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14, at the Kennedy Lab Theatre.
Tickets: 944-2697, etickethawaii.com.
And Hawaii Pacific University is readying Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor,” which opens a run Nov. 2 through Dec. 2 at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre on the Windward campus.
Joyce Maltby is directing an ensemble that includes Tom Holowach, Becky Maltby, David Starr, Fabienne Flandre-Herold, Gabrial Hatton, Haily Farah, Jakob Grube Madsen, Julia Ubrankovics, Larry Bialock, Melinda Maltby, Sara Cate Langham and Tim Dyke.
It’s a Chekhovian journey, through the imagination of the storyteller — a young man writing humorous tales to pay his way through medical school, not the Anton Chekhov of “The Sea Gull” ilk.
Curtain and performance days: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays. No performance on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22.
Call 375-1282, www.hpu.edu/theatre.