Friday (September 17), 6:30pm check-in/7pm show, McCoy Studio Theater, MACC, Kahului; $22 adults/$11 keiki 12 & under
In Playboys and Killjoys: An Essay on the Theory and Practice of Comedy, American literary critic Harry Levin writes, “The most protean aspect of comedy is its potentiality for transcending itself, by responding to the conditions of tragedy by laughing in the darkness.” The very protean Comedy Hui cast members—who boldly and wittily transcend themselves with regular improvisational shows—have had audiences guffawing in the black-box darkness of the McCoy Studio Theater, with the only tragedy being they perform but monthly. For September’s showcase, the wahine of the troupe take over, with special guest Kathy Collins. Witty though they may be, attendees must also have their wits about them. In the style of Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, audience members are asked to (quickly, mind you) shout-out characters and situations for each theater game played, which the hui impressively executes without the aide of costumes, props or set pieces, in the “pure” styling of Los Angeles’ Groundlings Theatre, the training ground of director/producer Amanda Taulere. (They do, it should be mentioned, get occasional assists from their “funkalicious” live band.) It’s entirely engaging, at times outrageous and is sure to have you laughing all the way to next month’s installment. Hui: comedyhui.com; MACC: 242-7469, mauiarts.org
Stay Pau Alrede Update: Guest comedian Kathy Collins gets lei’d by John Ziegler, after the audience sings “Happy Birthday” to Collins, who celebrated another ellipses around the sun on September 13.