HPU’s new play, Morning’s at Seven, written by Paul Osborn,
is showing now at HPU’s Hawai‘i Loa campus. Directed by Joyce
Maltby, it’s a sure recipe for laughs.
Take four maturing sisters: Cora (Jo Purden), shy Ida (Sharon
Adair), nosy and lonely Arry (Syliva Hormann-Alper), and cute
Esty (Mary Francis Kabel-Gwin)
Add three husbands: carefree Thor (David Schaeffer) who is
married to Cora, panicky Carl (John Mussack) Ida’s husband,
and “educated” David (John Hunt) who is married to the eldest
of the sisters, Esty.
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Carl goes into one of his many “where-am-I” spells, while Ida
falls apart. Cora begins secret plans for her and Thor to get
away from Arry after she has lived in their home with them for
about 50 years. Thor has no clue and could care less, while
Arry is determined to find out Cora’s plans. David sets up new
rules for Esty since she disobeys his wishes by visiting her
“moron” family. And all the while Homer is still indecisive
about marrying Myrtle after a 12-year engagement. Secrets fly
and a dramatic ending surprises all.
A large cast of excellent veteran actors from HPU and Hawai‘i
theaters all bring their characters to life in such a delightful,
amusing way that they follow you home, adding spice to an already
amusing well-written play.
Don’t forget lighting (Cathie Anderson) and sound effects (Jason
Taglianetti), along with a set design (Karen Archibald) that
can transpost you to a backyard in 1938 and make you feel at
With a talented crew, the recipe is complete. Morning’s at
Seven has been one of the most nominated plays on Broadway with
nine Tony award nominations including Best Play Revival. Shows
run through May 11 and are sure to amuse all ages. For more
information or to reserve tickets call 375-1282.