Stage: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Winter Footholds

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OPENING WEEKEND OF JAN. 30

“To Kill a Mockingbird”: A stage adaptation of the classic novel by Harper Lee about race, justice and family in a small Southern town, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Diamond Head Theatre. More shows through Feb. 22 (extended). $15-$50. 733-0274, http://diamondheadtheatre.com

CLOSING THIS WEEK

“Becky’s New Car”: Contemporary comedy-drama about love, loss, choices and what makes life worth living for a woman caught in middle age, middle management and a middling marriage; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Manoa Valley Theatre. $20-$39. 988-6131, http://manoa­valley­­theatre.com

Kikaha ka Manu Play Festival: A series of new plays written in Hawaiian, celebrating and sharing stories of our island home and identity, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Leeward Theatre’s Lab Theatre. $10 (cash only, sold an hour before the show). 455-0380, http://lcctheatre.hawaii.edu

Winter Footholds: “Echo.” New choreography by University of Hawaii at Manoa dance students focusing on the concepts of relationships, social change and the journey of life; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Post-show discussion with the choreographers Friday. $8-$18. 944-2697, http://hawaii.edu/kennedy

NOW PLAYING

“My Name Is Gary Cooper”: A young Samoan man, whose life has been roughly shaped by the effects of a Hollywood film crew on his island, reckons with Los Angeles in Victor Rodger’s darkly witty political commentary, making its Hawaii debut at Kumu Kahua Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays and 2 p.m. Sundays (except Feb. 1) through Feb. 22. Adult themes. $5-$20. 536-4441, http://kumukahua.org

“Suzette Who Set to Sea”: A young girl in a seaside village yearns for adventure in this tale of courage and community by Finegan Kruckemeyer, 4:30 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 7, Hono­­­lulu Theatre for Youth at Tenney Theatre. $10-$20. For ages 5+. 839-9885, http://htyweb.org

COMING UP

“The Samurai Warrior on the Noh Stage”: Traditional Japa­nese song, dance and drama featuring young Noh actors Mune­nori and Fumi­yuki Takeda (cousins, both sons of Noh actors who are living national treasures in Japan) presenting excerpts of the warrior play “Kiyo­tsune,” by Zeami; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Orvis Auditorium. $10-$25. http://outreach.hawaii.edu/community, 956-8246

O‘ahu Fringe Festival: Annual platform for emerging or established artists — which has included theater, dance, improv, puppetry, film, circus acts, pole acrobatics, music, cabaret, beatboxing and aerial art — pre­sents 18 productions; Feb. 12-15 at Nextdoor, Polearity Studio, Ong King Art Center, The Dragon Upstairs, The ARTS at Marks Garage, Aloha Dancesport Centre and Kaka­ako Agora. $10 single tickets, $100 Fringe Pass. http://oahu­fringe.com

“The Biscuiteater”: Solo performer Jim Loucks brings his Southern storytelling style back to the Oahu Fringe Festival with his new show, based loosely on his childhood, a tribute to Granddaddy, a big man with a bigger personality; Feb. 12-14 at The ARTS at Marks Garage. $10. http://oahu­fringe.com

“re ad dress ing FAIRYTALE”: Comedic and thought-provoking dance theater take on fairy tales by visiting Taiwanese choreographer SheenRu Yong, presented by PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company, Feb. 12-14, The ARTS at Marks Garage. $10. http://oahu­fringe.com, http://playbuilders.org

“Go With the Flow”: Local juggling duo Kinetic Flow pre­sent their new comedic circus-themed show integrating acrobatics, juggling, whips and magic, Feb. 12 at Nextdoor (for adults) and Feb. 15 at Marks Garage (family show). $10. http://oahu­fringe.com

“Singing the Diaphragm Blues”: A one-woman comedy-drama by Oahu newcomer Rebecca Lea McCarthy that takes a critical and humorous look at female sexuality and gender mythology from childhood to menopause; Feb. 12-14, Ong King Art Center. $10. http://oahu­fringe.com

“Money Talks: But What the Hell Is It Saying?”: Comedic, musical two-woman show based on the lives of two local artists, a musician and an author, and their emotional journey writing a cheesy musical called “KaCHING”, Feb. 13-14, The ARTS at Marks Garage. $10. http://oahu­fringe.com

“The Flying Dutchman”: Hawaii Opera Theatre pre­sents Richard Wagner’s epic tale of a ghost ship captain doomed to sail the seas forever, until a woman’s love breaks the curse; Feb. 13-17, Blaisdell Concert Hall. $34-$135. 596-7858, http://hawaii­opera.org

“Happy”: An exploration for the youngest audiences of empathy, kindness, friendship and things that make people smile, by Annie Wood Cusick, Feb. 14-28, Hono­­­lulu Theatre for Youth at Tenney Theatre. $10-$20. For ages 3+. 839-9885, http://hty­web.org

“Cinderella (Enchanted Edition)”: Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center’s spring musical — the 1997 Rodgers and Hammerstein version (which starred Whitney Houston and Brandy), performed by public school students from across the island; Feb. 20-March 8, KHSPAC auditorium. $8-$15. http://khspac.org, 733-4913

“La‘ieikawai”: Traditional Hawaiian tale about a Laie twin isolated from the world and her many suitors, told in Hawaiian with hula, chant, song, puppetry and drama, the first production of the new Hawaiian theater program at UH-Manoa; Feb. 20-March 1, Kennedy Theatre. Pre-show chats Feb. 21 and 28. $8-$25. 956-7655, 944-2697, http://hawaii.edu/kennedy

“Into the Woods”: ‘Iolani School’s Performing Arts Department pre­sents the musical fairy tale mash-up by Stephen Sondheim that was recently made into a movie by Disney, Feb. 26-28, Hawaii Theatre. http://hawaiitheatre.com, 528-0506

“Peter and the Starcatcher”: Swashbuckling musical back story of Peter Pan and his ragtag group of Lost Boys, March 5-22, Manoa Valley Theatre. $20-$39. 988-6131, http://manoa­valley­theatre.com

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”: The Actors’ Group pre­sents its final installment of August Wilson’s award-winning “The Pittsburgh Cycle,” March 6-29, Brad Powell Theatre. $14-$25. 722-6941, http://tag­hawaii.net

“The Brave”: New Zealand theater troupe Massive Company pre­­sents its acclaimed work, eight men embodying bravery with physicality, bursts of dance and personal stories of heritage, culture and identity; 8 p.m. March 7, Leeward Theatre. $15-$25. 455-0380, http://lcctheatre.hawaii.edu

“East of the Sun, West of the Moon”: A girl confronts trolls, hags and gargoyles to free the boy she loves from a terrible spell in Brian Kral’s adaptation of this Norwegian folk tale, presented by Hawaii Theatre Center’s Ohana! Series; March 7-8, Hawaii Theatre. $5-$10; free for children younger than 4. 528-0506, http://hawaii­theatre.com

“The Taming of the Shrew”: Short version of Shakespeare’s battle-of-the-sexes play, March 13-15, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, UH-Manoa. $8-$18. http://www.hawaii.edu/kennedy, 956-7655

“Siren Song”: Hawaii Opera Theatre pre­sents British composer Jonathan Dove’s contemporary chamber opera about a young sailor who falls for an elaborate deception in exchanging letters with someone he believes to be a woman, March 20-28, Blaisdell Concert Hall. $34-$135. 596-7858, http://hawaii­opera.org

“Ka‘iulani”: Kumu Kahua Theatre revives the historical-musical-psychological drama about the half-Hawaiian, half-Scottish princess’ short life, intertwined with the downfall of the Hawaiian kingdom, written by Dennis Caroll, Victoria Kneu­buhl, Robert Nelson and Ryan Page and first presented in 1987; March 26-April 26, Kumu Kahua Theatre. $5-$20. 536-4441, http://kumu­kahua.org

“South Pacific”: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, starring Loretta Ables Sayres, reprising her Tony-nominated role of Bloody Mary, March 27-April 12, Diamond Head Theatre. $15-$50. http://diamondheadtheatre.com, 733-0274

Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival: Two days of live comedy, original comedy videos, live music, workshops and panels to empower writers, performers and artists, created by actor and Kane­ohe native Kimee Bal­mi­lero of Improvhi.com; March 28-29, Doris Duke Theatre. http://hi­sketch­fest.com

“You Can’t Take It With You”: Hawaii Pacific University pre­sents the Pulitzer Prize-winning American farce that examines what makes a happy life — currently enjoying a revival on Broadway starring James Earl Jones; April 3-26, Paul and Vi Loo Theatre, Kane­­ohe. $5-$20. 375-1282

“Titus Andronicus”: William Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most violent work, a tragedy about the fictional Roman army general and his cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths; April 9-11, the Leeward Theatre, Lab Theatre. 455-0380, http://lcctheatre.hawaii.edu

“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon”: Hono­­­­lulu Theatre for Youth premieres its adaptation of Grace Lin’s Newbery-honored novel, the story of a young girl who bravely sets off to change her family’s fortune, incorporating Chinese legend, puppetry and martial arts, April 10-May 9, Tenney Theatre. $10-$20. For ages 5+. 839-9885, http://hty­web.org

AUDITIONS

“South Pacific”: Diamond Head Theatre auditions for a March-April production of the Broadway musical 7 p.m. Feb. 6 and 2 p.m. Feb. 7-8 at the DHT Rehearsal Hall. More information: http://diamondheadtheatre.com/auditions

Kapolei Chorale: Community chorus welcomes sopranos, altos, tenors and basses as it prepares for the fifth annual Leeward Music Festival on April 18. Rehearsals 6:30 p.m. Sundays in Kapo­lei. 623-4045

Lanikai Mortgage Players and director James Duca audition for spring melodrama “Filthy Riches, or, You Cad, Your Three Minutes Are Up” 7 p.m. March 16 at Shreve Theater in Lani­kai Community Center. Needed: five men and five women, including a hero and an ingenue. More information: 263-0965, http://lani­kai­mort­gage­play­ers.org
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