Issue #199 — ...And We're Back!
If you checked out hittingthestage.com over the last few days you might have noticed that the site is, um, stay all buss up. Yeah, we had a bit of a technical snafu at the end of last week trying to archive the old site, which is why we're coming to you from our brand spanking new site at hittingthestage.org (which will move into the .com address once we get the old site stored away)! Don't worry, we're still here!
And while you're here at the .org site, please do check it out and tell us what you think. We're still working on some pages, and would definitely love some feedback as we go. Write us an email at email@example.com and let us know what you think about the look and functionality of our new site!
Meanwhile, in this week's issue of Hitting The Stage...
Reviews Editor Michael "Donut" Donato takes in latest at Palikū Theatre in Congress is Unanimous- ‘1776’ is a Hit. This 1969 play with music numbers interspersed about the signing of the Declaration of Independence owes it's national resurgence in popularity to the breakthrough hit Hamilton, even though it may be closer to representing actual historical fact. See it as it plays for two more weeks, and learn more about the founding of this great nation.
Community Reviewer Teia O'Malley submits an assessment of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival's most recent production in Dream Within a Dream: A Midsummer Night's Dream at the ARTS at Marks. A large part of the show was an experiment in utilizing invented languages, one for the humans and another for the fairy folk. Though the show is now closed, O'Malley gives thoughtful critique on the language aspect as well as others in the groundbreaking production.
PlayBullders of Hawai‘i Theatre Company Artistic Director Terri Madden gives a progress report on the company's next big theatrical endeavor in PlayBuilders' Fostering Ohana: A Play for Hawaii's Children in Need. The community-collaborative show focuses on the Foster Care community and their stories, and will be touring to the neighbor islands next year. Imua, PlayBuilders!
TAG — The Actors' Group submits a delightful, insightful interview in The Best Women: The Ladies of TAG's The Best Man. Although the men outnumber the women in the play, do not take these actresses for granted. They know their characters and the show inside-out and are ready have a blast while proving the old saying, "behind every great man is a great woman." The Best Man opens this Friday, 9/9.
Lastly, Hitting The Stage brings you the latest listing of filmed stage productions playing at the Kahala and Dole movie houses in Hitting The Screen, 9/7-12/21. These filmed live theatre productions are excellent, professional shows from the UK, and feature stars like Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, and many more. We here at HTS strongly encourage you to catch these top-notch screenings during their very short runs.