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The Broadway stage adaptation of the popular 1992 movie (itself from the original 1922 novel) is Diamond Head Theatre's latest production. Director Randl Ask takes a contemporary, "underplayed" approach to the story of two married British women in the late 1920s who try to enliven their humdrum lives by renting a Tuscan villa in the spring, to spend a month without their spouses. Two other women are invited to share the cost, one an aging widow, the other a jaded beauty. Jo Pruden, Melanie Garcia, Laura Bach Buzzell and Genny Wilson head the cast.
» Place: Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave.
» Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 19
» Tickets: $12 to $42
» Call: 733-0274 or online at diamondheadtheatre.com
"Joe Turner's Come and Gone"
The Actors' Group once again stages another play by the late August Wilson that is part of his 10-part historical cycle that chronicles the African-American experience in the 20th century, decade by decade. This time it's 1911 in Pittsburgh, Pa., during the migration of Southern folk to the industrial North in search of jobs. The play's main story surrounds the mysterious Herald Loomis who, after seven years of indentured work, travels up North with his young daughter in tow to search for his missing wife. It is there that he experiences the unexpected recovery of both his ancestral and regional roots. Directed by Russell Motter, the cast features Derrick Brown, Curtis Duncan, Jim Andrews and Savada Gilmore.
» Place: Yellow Brick Studio, 625 Keawe St.
» Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday
» Tickets: $12 to $15
» Call: 550-8457 or online at honoluluboxoffice.com
HONOLULU THEATRE FOR YOUTH
"Mulan" plays its last weekend at Tenney Theatre.
"Mulan: The Woman Warrior"
Not to be confused with the Disney animated feature, Honolulu Theatre for Youth's stage production of the famous Chinese legend of the young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight for her country is an original new play by Alvaro Saar Rios. The three actors (Emily Tam in the title role, plus Hermen Tesoro Jr. and Chi Ho Law) play a wandering troupe of jingju (Chinese opera) performers who present the tale of Mulan.
» Place: Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Queen Emma Square
» Time: 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday
» Tickets: $16 adults and $8 children
» Call: 839-9885
"Short & (Not Too) Sweet"
It's the 10th annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, produced by six Leeward Community College student directors and drama professor Paul Cravath. It's a collection of short vignettes that include comedy, absurdity and a serious look at contemporary relationship. As a warning, several of the plays include adult language.
» Place: Lab Theatre, Leeward Community College, 96-045 Ala Ike Road
» Time: 4 and 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday
» Tickets: $5 at the door
» Call: 455-0549
"Ulua: The Musical"
Kumu Kahua Theatre revives Lee Cataluna's popular 1999 play about Oahu guy Kayden Asiu exploring his life's options of Maui. His co-workers there introduce him to the joys of fishing for ulua at night. But matters grow complicated when his fiancée Lylas follows him to Maui. The current run has been extended another week due to popular demand.
» Place: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St.
» Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 19
» Tickets: $5 to $16
» Call: 536-4222 or online at kumukahua.org
"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
For the Paliku Theatre production of the musical based on the characters of Charles Schulz's classic "Peanuts" comic strip. Open to students and community members. Those auditioning will read from the script. Also bring sheet music (an accompanist will be provided) and wear comfortable clothing and be ready to move. For a perusal script or more information, call Ben Moffat at 236-9138. Performances will run April 7 to 15.
» Place: Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College, 45-720 Kea'ahala Road
» Time: 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14