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Kumu Kahua Theatre shows plays about life in Hawai'i

by Vanessa Katz, A&E editor

Kumu Kahua will open its 33rd season with Folks You Meet In Longs. For the fifth season, it will premiere a new work by Lee Cataluna, playwright, screenwriter, actor, and newspaper columnist.  
 

In a series of sometimes comic, sometimes somber monologues set inside a Hawai‘i Longs Drug Store, Cataluna continues her theatrical exploration of the human condition with an emphasis on local color. Customers and employees alike take turns onstage discussing everything from product purchases to boyfriends and girlfriends, abusive spouses and mortal enemies.

 

Some two-dozen characters, including Verna (“Waipahu’s answer to Martha Stewart”), Rhaondalei Alvarado, Rogelio “D.J. Stankmaster” Cabingabang, Crazy Aunt Cookie, Officer Wolverton Dahaunaele, and Uncle Choochie Nawai, tend inadvertently to reveal their own personalities while discussing the character flaws of others, all against the backdrop of Hawai‘i’s preferred shopping destination.

 

As character Cherly Moana Marie Sakato says, “This is my whole life. This is the rest of my life. Zippys, Foodland, Longs.”

 
Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.: August 28, 29, 30; September 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and Sunday 2 p.m.: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2003. Kumu Kahua Theatre is at 46 Merchant Street, 536-4441 or visit www.kumukahua.com.

 

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