On The Scene
ENJOYING "MENOPAUSE" -- THE MUSICAL, THAT IS!
Shawna Masuda, left, caught the opening-night performance of "Menopause the Musical" last Tuesday at the Hawaii Theatre with mother Lynn Masuda, Marsha Yonemori and Charlynn Dunleavy, followed by the post-show reception at Compadres. The show combines the melodies of vintage Top 40 hits with newly written lyrics about "the Change" to address subjects ranging from hot flashes to sexual problems. Yonemori "could relate to everything," Dunleavy "learned that it's not just me" and Lynn Masuda "could relate to almost everything in it. I couldn't stop laughing." Shawna "liked the parts that I understood." "MTM" closes Sunday. Call 528-0506.
A JUNIPER FOR CHARITY:
Hawaii artist Timothy P. Ojile attended the opening of the 2008 ConTempoRarities Exhibition and Art Sale Wednesday at Neiman Marcus. Ojile's contribution, "Juniper," is one of 42 pieces on display through Saturday. Sales benefit the Contemporary Museum.
"CONSTANT" A GEM AT HPU:
Cast members Rob Duval and Bree Bumatai were greeted by Victoria Gail-White, right, April 4 at the opening-night reception for Hawaii Pacific University's production of "The Constant Wife" at HPU. Bumatai is excellent in the title role as Constance Middleton, a pragmatic woman who responds to her husband's infidelity in a cold and imaginative way. Duval deftly balances comedy and pathos as the husband.
HPU cast members Julianne Bernath (Martha Culver), left, Virginia Jones (Barbara Fawcett) and Sylvia Hormann-Alper (Mrs. Culver) enjoyed the reception with Melinda Maltby. Bernath, Jones and Hormann-Alper make important contributions as important secondary characters in this beautifully written 1926 comedy of manners. Maltby's current project, the Actors Group's production of "Shadowlands," opens Friday.
Jerry Altweis (Mortimer Durham), left, and Patrick Torres (Bernard Kersal) talked theater with veteran actor-director Eden-Lee Murray and Roger Jellinek. Torres does an outstanding job playing the man Constance could have married 20 years ago, who's still in love with her but doesn't want to hit on a happily married woman. Altweis has a short, solid scene as the hapless husband of the "other woman." Call 365-1282.