Drama, Comedy, Mystery and a touch of Pidgin
highlight MVTs 2017-18 Season!
(HONOLULU - February 22, 2017) Manoa Valley Theatre today announced its play selections for the theatres 49th annual play season. Three Hawaii premieres and three Hawaii big hits comprise the season, which begins in September.
"This is going to be a really fun year," MVT producing director Dwight Martin stated. "We have great stories being told through an array of theatrical styles. Artistic Director Bree Peters said This season holds lots of promise for our local theatre artists. From actors and singers to designers and stage crew, there will be some very exciting opportunities coming up in 2017-18.
The 2017-18 Season will run from September to July. MVT's six-play lineup is:
In September: The Full Monty
from the 2000 Broadway season
a musical comedy by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek
While spying on their wives at a 'Girls' Night Out,' a group of unemployed steelworkers see how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work, and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold way to make some quick cash by doing their own show. Claiming it will be better, though, because they'll go the full montystrip all the way, these six loveable misfits attempt to conquer their fears, self-consciousness, and prejudices in this heartwarming, upbeat comedy. Youll be wondering, right to the end, if this motley male troupe of amateur strippers will really pull it off!
...one of the most enjoyable evenings at the theatre... Talkin Broadway
The warmth the evening gives off has less to do with the titillation of its central premise than with its enormous good will. The New York Times
In November: The Legend of Georgia McBride
from the 2015 Off-Broadway season
a comedy by Matthew Lopez
A Hawaii premiere
Hes young, hes broke, his landlords knocking at the door, and hes just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that hes going to have to adapt to a whole new show business like none hes ever known as he trades one sequined outfit for another and genderbends into a drag show headliner.
full of sass and good spirits. The New York Times
Lopez delivers a strong message on tolerance for the entire spectrum of human sexuality, while creating a barrelful of fun in the process. Variety
heartfelt, feel-good comedy. AM New York
In January: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
from the 2015 regional theatre season
a comedy by Ken Ludwig
A Hawaii premiere
Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyles classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on the case when the male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Our intrepid investigators must navigate a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters.
"Baskerville is a madcap sendup of what you might hold dear about that Doyle classic, done up in the style of The 39 Steps." - DC Theatre Scene.
"The joy in watching [the play] is not in solving the crime but in the plethora of wildly imaginative characters you meet along the way. Broadway World
The chase is on and with much joy freshness to this particular Holmesian world there is plenty of theatrical inventiveness. DC Metro Theatre Arts
In March: Fun Home
from the 2015 Broadway season
a musical comic drama by Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori and Alison Bechdel
A Hawaii premiere
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic artist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the familys Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her fathers hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
WINNER - Best Musical - 2015 Tony Awards
WINNER - Best Musical - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award
FINALIST - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
extraordinary musical...that captures both the nagging persistence of memory and its frustrating insubstantiality. The New York Times
Its a beautiful, universal, family story of self-identification, reflection, and ultimately, hope. The Atlantic
In May: Shear Madness
running continuously in the U.S. for the past 37 years
an audience participatory who-dun-it by Paul Pörtner
When the landlady who lives above a unisex hair salon is murdered, the audience gets involved in solving the crime by openly questioning the strange array of characters and attempting to solve the crime. All are suspect: the flamboyant hairdresser, the flirty yet ditzy assistant, the prim and proper uptight matron, and an older fellow who is a "used antique dealer". Much of the humor revolves around topical references to current events. It keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
Shear Madness is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the history of the USA and has enjoyed productions staged all over the world.
Shear Madness has inclusive spirit of fun. This is genuinely all-ages entertainment. The New York Times
Sharp, silly and totally engaging. DC Theatre Scene
In July: The Princess and the Iso Peanut
from the library of Hawaii favorites
a local-kine Hawaiian pidgin musical comedy by Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn Catracchia
What can happen when a traditional fairytale princess falls in love with a local Japanese prince? Just about anything imaginable! Fun and adventure abound when Princess Alexis journeys to a faraway kingdom where she encounters outrageous characters, meets the prince of her dreams and must pass a most unusual test. It's a fun and crazy adventure great family entertainment as they go on a fun and crazy adventure!
Fun prevails, and the obligatory happy ending ensues. Honolulu Advertiser
The ending is as predicted, but the journey is packed with life lessons, humorous interplays and larger-than-life characters based on everyday people. Honolulu Weekly
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