September 2019 through July 2020


Buy 2019-20 Season Tickets

2019-20 Season

Manoa Valley Theatre annually produces a main stage season of six or more productions, each selected from recent Broadway or off-Broadway offerings, with a two-fold purpose: to entertain island audiences and to offer stimulating and educational opportunities in theatre arts production to our community’s ever-growing population of actors and craftsmen. The annual season runs from September through August. Occasional special projects are produced in other community venues. MVT’s Studio Series offers special attractions from time to time on dark nights during the main stage run. GET TICKETS NOW!

September 19th – October 6th, 2019


a clever romantic comedy by A.R. Gurney

A middle-aged man, his wife, and a street-smart stray dog he brings into their lives become a clever and challenged romantic triangle which is both hilarious and touching.  It’s a dog-lovers special as man’s best friend is adoringly dramatized by an actress and becomes an insightful canine guide to philosophy, fielding middle-age and finding the best in ourselves.

– Nominee: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play

“…a most unusual, quite touching love story.” – amNY
“…the play is a breezy, hip and sentimental comedy.” – BroadwayWorld


November 14-December 1, 2019


a musical love story by Enda Walsh, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

The tender story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music is the core of this vital and surprising contemporary musical. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.

– Winner: 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical

“…(a) warmly affecting show, crafted with profound respect for the power of music.” – Hollywood Reporter
“…a rare combination of intelligence, warmth and musicality.” – Bloomberg


January 23 – February 9, 2020

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

an adventurous drama adapted by Simon Stephens

The mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum condition, launching a thrilling detective journey through which he challenges assumed truths and discovers life-changing secrets. The result is a heartwarming, and uplifting adventure story for every one of us.

– Winner: 2015 Tony Award for Best Play

“…the play entertains, illuminates, and brings us to an exalted new place.” – The Huffington Post
“A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.” — Evening Standard (London)


March 19-April 5, 2020

Desperate Measures

by David Friedman and Peter Kellogg

a Wild West musical comedy by David Friedman and Peter Kellogg

Set in the early 1890s, dangerously handsome Johnny Blood puts his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of Old West characters when he faces danger following a saloon brawl. Laws are broken and hearts are won as these denizens try to find justice in a world that often doesn’t seem just. in this witty and wild musical comedy shakeup of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

– Winner: 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical, and the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical

“Flat-out musical comedy fun. A frisky night of sex, schtick and showtunes.” – Broadway World
“Bodacious and bawdy.” – Theatre Reviews Limited


May 14 – 31, 2020

The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays

a whodunit mystery comedy by Ken Ludwig

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, must assume the persona of his beloved sleuth when one of the weekend guests at his Connecticut castle turns up stabbed to death. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit as he tries to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

– Winner: 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Play

“The play evolves like a mystery thriller, as one tantalizing clue leads to another.” – Cleveland Jewish News

“The Game’s Afoot is murderously funny!” – Broadway World Cleveland


July 2 – 19, 2020

Lisa Matsumoto’s Once Upon One Time

a Hawaiian pidgin musical comedy by Lisa Matsumoto, Paul Palmore and Roslyn Catracchia

produced in partnership with Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center

A middle-aged man, his wife, and a street-smart stray dog he brings into their lives become a clever and challenged romantic triangle which is both This delightful and locally inspired comedy from the wondrous library of Lisa Matsumoto cleverly adapts and intertwines familiar fairy tales into a fun “local-style” fantasy for the whole family. The action occurs in a mythical local kingdom where outrageous characters meet for one crazy, kapakahi (mixed up) adventure.

“… (an) ever-popular amalgamation of ideas from MAD magazine, Rocky & Bullwinkle’s “Fractured Fairy Tales,” Kent “K.K. Ka‘umanua” Bowman, and Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s On First?” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Ticketing Information.

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Seating & Curtain Times.

Unless otherwise noted on the ticket purchasing page for specific performances, MVT Mainstage curtain times are:

  • Wednesdays – 7:30pm
  • Thursdays – 7:30pm
  • Fridays – 8:00pm
  • Saturdays – 8:00pm
  • Sundays – 4:00pm
Due to the intimacy of the theatre and the disruption to performers and audience, there is no late-comer seating allowed.  Late-comer tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. Please allow yourself adequate time to arrive at the theatre and be seated prior to published curtain times.