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: Out of Order

Director David Belew’s rollicking production of Ray Cooney’s “Out of Order” has just opened at the ProArts Theater in Kihei (at Azeka’s Marketplace). It’s a naughty, fast paced and wildly funny comedy for adults only and full of memorable set pieces. Dale Button stars as Richard Wiley, a Cabinet Minister with a loving wife (played by Laura Kinne), a mistress …

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Theater Review: Xanadu

Kalani Whitford and Camille Romero’s production of “Xanadu” is a blast, both a robust, candy-colored jukebox musical/comedy and an irreverent parody of one. Opening tonight at The Historic Iao Theater, “Xanadu” is a stage adaptation of the 1980 Olivia Newton-John/ Gene Kelly movie musical, a notorious disaster in its day, now sent up and elevated by a wonderful cast and …

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Theater Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

At the beginning of Mark Collmer’s production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a ghastly murder has taken place and it appears the culprit is right in the front of us. At first glimpse, Christopher (played by Molly Oberg, in an astonishing performance) sure looks like the individual who impaled a poor dog to death outside …

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Theater Review: Matilda The Musical

Jennifer Roses’s production of “Matilda The Musical” is enormously funny but also dark and complex. Based on Roald Dahl’s novel and maintaining the author’s prickly wit and cracked vision, this unusual musical is full of surreal delights, catchy numbers and strong performances. As quirky and wild as this gets, I found the story to be engrossing and the message overall …

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Theater Review: White Hawaiian

Eric Gilliom’s one-man show is a return to the kind of exhaustive, immersive dramatic performances that marked his early emergence as a theatrical wunderkind. As anyone who payed notice to Maui theater in the 1980’s and 90’s can tell you, Gilliom was a standout, a go-for-broke showman with undeniable charisma, energy and talent. Embodying roles as diverse as Hamlet or …

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Theater Review: Evil Dead- The Musical

The poster for Kalani Whitford’s production of “Evil Dead- The Musical” at the ProArts Theater sports a dashing hero with a chainsaw for a hand, standing next to a screaming blonde, as a pool of blood ascends from above. To say the least (and I mean this as the highest praise), Whitford’s production matches and surpasses the lurid thrills promised …

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Theater Review: The Graduate

Casting is everything, especially when you’re mounting a production based on iconic source material. Director Rick Scheideman has brought “The Graduate” to the Historic Iao Theater and he’s done so with an excellent ensemble of performers, each of whom are perfect match for their roles. While the inevitable tug of war between knowing the classic material and experiencing it fresh …

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Theater Review: Strangers on a Train

Twenty years ago, I took a trip by train from Colorado to Oregon. One night, I sat in a dining car with a lovely woman who told me, among many things, her life story and the horrifying ordeal her son had suffered while undergoing a fraternity hazing. I don’t remember the woman’s name but I’ve never forgotten her and how, …

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Theater Review: Mamma Mia!

Somewhere during the first act of “Mamma Mia!,” which just opened at the Historic Iao Theater, the audience began to lose their minds. Audibly and, in some cases, even physically, the theater goers reacted to the show in a wildly enthusiastic manner, akin to zoo animals freaking out over an elegantly coifed poodle walking past their cages. The scene in …

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Theater Review: Sleuth

Kristi Scott, the managing director of the ProArts Theater, has been asking local theater critics for weeks to keep a lid on the BIG SECRETS of “Sleuth,” the new Jason Strahn-directed thriller.  It’s an understandable and thoughtful request, though there’s more to it than that. Really, the surprises in Strahn’s production are so well executed and expertly timed, it would …

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