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Barry Wurst II

Barry Wurst II
Barry Wurst II is a senior editor & film critic at MAUIWatch. He wrote film reviews for a local Maui publication and taught film classes at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS). Wurst also co-hosted podcasts for Screengeeks.com and has been published in Bright Lights Film Journal and in other film-related websites. He is currently featured in the new MAUIWatch Podcast- The NERDWatch.

Theater Review: Vindication

Lin McEwan’s “Vindication,” which just opened at the ProArts Theatre in Kihei,  is an original drama she wrote and directed. She is also the star, playing Mary Wollstonecraft, in a show made up of scenes from Wollstonecraft’s remarkable life (1759-1797)as an author, boundary-pusher and a woman far ahead of her time. If this reads like the play is a vanity …

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Theater Review: Rumors

David Belew’s production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is a breakneck, batty and very funny door-slamming farce. If you’ve seen “Noises Off” or the French comedies that inspired it, you know what a “door slamming farce” is: characters enter a scene, moving quickly around the set and drop a joke like a water balloon, quickly exiting through a door before the …

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Theater Review: Into The Woods

Before “Wicked,” there was “Into The Woods.” To put it another way: once upon a time, before the 2003 Stephen Schwartz musical blockbuster allowed us to see our favorite fairy tale characters in a whole new light, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical did it first. At the Castle Theater within the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the vision of …

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Theater Review: Oliver!

Theater lovers in Lahaina know what Theatre Theatre is. They know it’s a summer theater camp that reaches out to kids in the West Maui community. They know Theatre Theatre has  been around since 1992 and performs annual  summer shows at the Lahaina Gateway center. They know how good the productions are- indeed, Theatre Theatre just won Best Live Theatre …

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Theater Review: Singin’ in the Rain

In 1985, the musical adaptation of “Singin in the Rain” appeared on Broadway and was famously plagued with daunting technical problems. A particularly scary moment occurred during one performance: following the legendary title number, in which stage was drenched in water, the curtain closed and the set was mopped. However, the stagehand missed a few spots. During act two, the …

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Theater Review: Same Time, Next Year

Lee Garrow’s production of Bernard Slade’s “Same Time, Next Year” manages to embrace the confines of its premise (one set, two actors, six scenes in two acts covering a 25-year relationship) and even surpass them. There is a unabashed, even daring, theatricality to a work like this, in which we witness the relationship between George (played by Neil Sullivan) and …

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Theater Review: Hamlet abridged

Seeing William Shakespeare’s plays presented with a  “concept’ can provide a fun, new interpretation for audiences overly familiar with his work. When it doesn’t work, you get “Hamlet in Space.” When it does work, it looks like the Francis Taua/Kristi Scott-directed “Hamlet abridged.” Here’s a shorter, hipper and altogether unique take on the tragic tale of the Danish Prince…presented by …

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Theater Review: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Ally Shore’s production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is one of those shows that works for everyone and ought to see be seen as soon as possible (either for the first time or once again). It’s a family-friendly musical (written by Clark Gesner and Andrew Lipps), faithfully based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schultz, about the …

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Looking Back: Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)

The marijuana-fueled sequel, “Harold and Kumar Escape From Gunatanamo Bay,” carries on the tradition of late 20th century stoner buddy comedies, starting with Cheech and Chong, up to Bill and Ted (not drug users, but definitely dumb) and Wayne and Garth (whose drug use was presumably off-camera, as there is no way those guys were EVER sober!). Whether you’re against …

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Theater Review: Of Mice and Men

Alexis Dascoulias’ production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” is a master class of stage craft. The profound story of George (played by Don Carlson) and Lenny (played by Frances Taua), two poor, dissimiliar but deeply attached men, roaming the country in search of work and solicitude, has been given new life on The Historic Iao Theater stage. This …

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