Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club Com­ing To DHT Stage

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / JANUARY 6, 2010 / - By MELISSA MONIZ

Adapted from Amy Tan’s best-sell­ing novel, The Joy Luck Club takes shape live on the Di­a­mond Head The­atre’s stage Jan. 29-Feb. 14, un­der the di­rec­tion of Reiko Ho.

The play retells the beloved story of four older Chi­nese-Amer­i­can women and their com­plex re­la­tion­ships with their Amer­i­can-born daugh­ters. It de­tails heart­break­ing tales of ar­ranged mar­riages and lost chil­dren, but also touches upon mo­ments of hu­mor and rue­ful recog­ni­tion.

The play moves be­tween China in the early 1900s to San Fran­cisco in the 1980s, as the eight main fe­male char­ac­ters strug­gle to bridge cul­ture, gen­er­a­tion and ex­pec­ta­tions to find strength and hap­pi­ness.

Por­tray­ing the daugh­ters are Jen­nifer Yee, Kathryn Mariko Lee, Ju­lia Nakamoto and Aya Ohara. The moth­ers are Denise Aiko Chi­nen, Elissa Dulce, Karen Kuioka Hiron­aga and Blos­som Lam Hoff­man.

Male cast mem­bers are Sher­wood “Woody” Chock, Ron En­car­na­cion, Alan Pi­card, Kevin Keav­eney, Scott Fran­cis Rus­sell and Vin­cent Fitzger­ald.

The play opens at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30, and 4 p.m. Jan. 31. Re­main­ing play­dates are at 8 p.m. Thurs­day through Satur­day, and at 4 p.m. on Sun­days. Satur­day mati­nees at 3 p.m. are on Feb. 6 and 13.

Tick­ets cost $12, $22, $32 and $42. Dis­counts are avail­able for chil­dren un­der 18, full-time stu­dents, se­nior cit- izens and ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary. Call 733-0274 or visit www.di­a­mond­headthe­ m.

Com­ing up next at DHT is a mu­si­cal re­view of the 1960s, SHOUT! The Mod Mu­si­cal from March 19 to April 4. Au­di­tions are at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 in the re­hearsal hall. The DHT Box Of­fice has scripts.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Web site.

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