FOREVER PLAID at the Diamond Head Theater
I feel like it was last week that I was at the Diamond Head Theater (DHT), discovering the happy all-female cast of Yell! and now I got to feel more joy from DHT, except through an all-male cast in its energetic production of Forever plaid. As remained the case with Yell!, Forever plaid was certainly a welcome and impressive addition to the reprepertoire of productions staged in the middle of Covid on Broadway of the Pacific.
As you would expect, the show schedule for this current season had to be adjusted in order to accommodate Covid protocols, but that hasn’t stopped the artistic director. John rampage to continue to get an intimate spectacle as a replacement, which has the capacity to put a smile on the faces of audience members. Suavely directed and choreographed by Andrew Sakaguchi, the story follows a group of four aspiring singers, who meet their demise and have the opportunity to perform in the afterlife the show they couldn’t perform in real life: Frankie (Michel Michel), Sparky (Will thomson), Jinx (Tyler devere) and Stain (Scott Fiske). Once everyone has raised and kissed their microphones from beyond, a series of songs from the 1950s ensue — when the show also takes place — including Frank Sinatra and Tony bennett. Almost entirely sung with a repertoire of 24 songs throughout the 90 minute show, there are snippets of monologues that help audiences understand the characters better. And, while the show might have looked like a concert, the performances, staging and rhythm make it look like a real musical. Each actor is perfectly portrayed and innately inhabits their character, finding the perfect amount of charm, wit, and nuance in order to blend into a group with such exceptional chemistry. I often found myself bouncing my head from side to side and tapping my foot with every number that passed, signaling the enjoyment of the show, which is also attributed to the fabulous musical direction of Maika’i nash.
I apologize as I was unable to post this review sooner considering last weekend was its close, but I certainly hope this highlights the stellar productions that DHT is still able to put together despite the limitations of Covid. However, in addition to DHT, please — if you feel safe and comfortable doing so — also see what the other theaters on the island have to offer. Thank you, Plaids, for a pleasant moment at the theater!