LYSISTRATA JONES, the hilarious contemporary musical about Faith, Hoops, and Chastity, has traveled from Broadway to the Aloha State!
Manoa Valley Theatre, Honolulu’s Off-Broadway Playhouse, is currently presenting the show through July 31st. Director/choreographer Brad Powell and music director Keith Griffin have assembled a youthful cast to bring Aristophanes’ ancient comedy to life in its colorful new setting, fictional Athens University.
You see, the Athens University basketball team hasn’t won a game in 30 years. But spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones has a plan: she dares the squad’s fed-up girlfriends to stop “giving it up” to their boyfriends until they win a game, and suddenly the players find the motivation to end their losing streak.
Adapted from Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy, LYSISTRATA JONES takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are. With an irreverent book by Douglas Carter Beane and an infectious pop/rock score from Lewis Flynn, the high-energy show is sure to wow Hawaiian audiences.
Reviewer Michael Donata of Hitting The Stage says of the Manoa Valley production, “I laughed a lot throughout the show. The script is fun, campy, and loaded with many blink-and-you-miss-it jokes.”
And in News of Hawaii, Liza Tuiolosega writes, “The song-and-dance numbers whip up the eye-candy pandemonium, a testament to disciplined direction by Brad Powell. Hopefully… the 2,500 year-old spirit of Aristophanes is out there somewhere smiling over the prospect that today’s Millennials still just want to have fun.”
All photos courtesy of Manoa Valley Theatre