10 TO WATCH IN 2003:


Varied roles prove
actor’s got the
goods in theater

By John Berger

It's easy for an actor to fall into doing one type of role or one style of theater, but "easy" is not what Moses W. Goods III is looking for.

Goods has distinguished himself over the past three years -- primarily while majoring in theater at the University of Hawaii at Manoa -- by stretching in as many different directions as possible.

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He has played the role of a noble and formidable Japanese boatman in full kabuki makeup, donned "whiteface" to portray a disgruntled and self-destructive executive, and delivered a Po'okela Award-worthy performance as Mephistopheles' masculine psyche in Dennis Carroll's epic production of "Faust I"/"Faust II."

He has proved adept at delving into both the dark, verbally explicit work of David Mamet and in G-rated children's material such as "No One Will Marry a Princess with a Tree Growing out of Her Head," in which he played the good wizard.

Goods has also gone outside UH-Manoa. He added another Po'okela-worthy performance to his resume last year in Kumu Kahua's world-premiere production of "To the Last Hawaiian Soldier." Goods was the male lead and played the dual roles of Hawaiian patriot Robert Wilcox and a fictional contemporary Hawaiian nationalist who plants a bomb in a hotel and kills several people.

Goods is co-founder of a new theater group named the Two Chicks, One Pake and a Popolo Theatre Collective. Its first project, Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," was presented as a Kumu Kahua Dark Night Theatre Series production this past weekend.

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