HTS Issue #228 — Happy 4th of July, and 5th Birthday for HTS
Happy 4th of July, readers! Freedom and independence for the people, gotta love it!
Five years ago, HTS was founded to give the people freedom and independence from a couple of all-powerful theatre critics, and provide the public a voice in the quality and kinds of theatre produced on these shores. Since then, HTS has seen an incredible amount of content generated from volunteer staff writers and community contributors alike. From reviews and interviews, columns and commentary, HTS has been and will continue to be, “A spotlight on Hawai‘i’s theatre scene, now!”
It has been my extreme pleasure to be HTS director these last five years, seeing the site grow and develop, culminating last year in a contractual agreement where we represent the Hawai‘i State Theatre Council, with tech support from Charisma Industries. And now that the HSTC/HTS/CI relationship has made it to its first birthday, it is a new being and requires new blood and vision to guide it in its next stage of development. I’m happy to announce that Reviews Editor Michael Donato will be taking over the director position as of today. I know the site will be in very good hands.
I’ll still be around in an advisory position and even review once in a while, but this will be my last “sticky” (because they stay on the home page) introductory post for an issue. As founder of the site, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, everyone for your help, contributions, and support in making HTS Hawai‘i’s dedicated theatre news and reviews website.
In this week’s issue of Hitting the Stage…
HTS Director (Yay, I get to be the first one to call him by his new title!) Donato reviews Manoa Valley Theatre’s Happily Eva Afta in Afta da Afta. This local favorite, the culminating installment of the Once Upon One Time musical comedy trilogy by Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn Catracchia, plays at Kaimuki High School Theatre through July 16.
Also, Staff Reviewer Wil Kahele reviews the preview performance of TAG—The Actors’ Group’s Water by the Spoonful in Set the Stage for Spoonful. This Pulitzer Prize-winning script by Quiara Alegria Hudes' explores the meaning of family, online and off, in all its pain, glory, and complicated connections. The show plays until July 23.