Rob Duval (pictured below) has been named artistic director at Manoa Valley Theatre, following the recent resignation of executive director Kip Wilborn.

The position is somewhat new to MVT, where Duval has been serving as production manager.

Attorney Jeff Portnoy, a veteran MVT board member and many times the group’s board chair, said, “For some time, Mānoa Valley Theatre has been considering the appointment of an artistic director. With the hiring of Rob Duval, that decision was easy. He brings decades of theater experience in this community, as an actor, director, teacher, administrator, and producer, and working hand in hand with our new executive director, Kathleen Young, this team is ready to take MVT to new heights.”

Duval is a veteran director and actor, with credits at MVT and Diamond Head Theatre. He helmed such MVT hits as “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “The Who’s Tommy,” “The 39 Steps” and “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” At DHT, he directed “Guys and Dolls,” “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Noises Off,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Mousetrap.”

As an actor,  he starred in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at DHT, “The House of Blue Leaves” at Hawaii Pacific University, and “The Elephant Man” at MVT.

He’ll be seen as a Snobby Tourist in Disney+’s live action feature, “Lilo & Stitch,” based on the popular animated series.

He also has been a teacher at Iolani School. …

Readers Theatre nestles at TAG

The Windward Readers Theatre has found a comfy city home – TAG, aka The Actors group at Dole Cannery in Iwilei — for its ongoing series of shows.

Next up: “About Time,” a warm dissertation of aging between a couple struggling with life and love as they face mortality,  at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 27, 28, 29).

The piece, by Tom Cole, will be directed by stage veteran Vanita Rae Smith, who has tapped a pair of theatrical vets —  retirees Dwight Martin and Joyce Maltby (pictured here) –to portray the couple facing challenges of aging.

Performances are in the Brad Powell Theatre.

Tickets: $20, available at https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/tag/items/486451/calendar/2023/11/ …

On the road again…

Entrepreneur Jack Cione (pictured below) is on the road again. Well, on the high seas again.

He’s leaving today (Thursday, Nov. 2) on a 25-day Norwegian cruise, initially taking another ‘round the neighbor islands trek, with Tahiti and the South Seas as his final destination.

Cione, an Arcadia resident, will utilize the journey to tweak his script entitled, “Sweet Leilani,”

hoping to eventually find a venue for the show.

“I have to get away,” he said of his frequent ocean vacations, because he no longer can fly on long trips without a stopover.

He also has logged a string of staycations, monitoring Waikiki room rates. The last was at the Kahala Resort. …

Broadway grosses for week ending Oct. 22

It was pretty much a replay of last week: the leaders still lead. The lion still is king of the Broadway jungle, but the witchery of “Wicked” – celebrating its 20th anniversary – could join the million dollar club next week.

The Top 10:

1 –“The Lion King,” $2,064 million.

2—“Wicked,” $1,922 million.

3—“Merrily, We Roll Along,” $1,840 million.

4—“Hamilton,” $1,767 million.

5—“Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” $1,583 million.

6—“MJ the Musical,” $1,579 million.

7—“Aladdin,” $1,264 million.

8—“Moulin Rouge: the Musical,” $1,118 million.

9—“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” $1,113 million.

10 –“Back to the Future the Musical,”$1,055 million.

The full list, courtesy the Broadway League:

And that’s Show Biz. …

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