‘With Cosmic Space For Eternity!’ plays the Palace this weekend

  • Courtesy photo Ethel Mann, Ray Todd and Sherri Thal are ready to bring laughter and mayhem to the Palace Theater this weekend.

“With Cosmic Space for Eternity!,” a brand-new gamboling comedy written by Ivan Slezak with East Hawaii residents Maj Balej and Margaret Stanton, will play at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Palace Theater in Hilo.

A witty, hilarious sci-fi comedy about four aliens and their space-time bending experiences with the folks they encounter on Earth, this live show features lively music and a cast of local singers, actors and musicians.

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Theater goers can expect colorful backdrops, creative lighting effects and state-of-the-art sound quality. A live ensemble band features Brent Magstadt on guitar, keyboards and mandolin, Steve Fundy on lead guitar and ukulele, Mike Evans on Saxophone, Margaret (Peggy) Stanton on bass guitar and Maj Balej on drums.

From the moment four aliens show up in a Bavarian beer garden, the cast of characters, including a waitress, a drunk, a paparazzi, an alchemist, an enchantress, a street mime, a hermit and a celestial fairy, will keep theater goers laughing until the end. Science buffs will enjoy the modern astrophysics references throughout the play.

The adventure continues as the four aliens teleport to a coffee shop in Amsterdam, encounter civilization, and fall in love.

Following a silly, random prophecy, the aliens exit through the nearest wormhole to a beer stand by a shady lake, and the raucous culmination of sound and vibration occurs in a crazy finale, typical of Dada art. Dada’s aesthetic was marked by its mockery of materialistic and nationalistic attitudes and proved a powerful influence on artists in many European cities.

Starring in the show are Suzanne MacAdam as Waitress; Sherri Thal as Alien 1; Ray Todd as Alien 2; Ilana Acevedo as Alien 3; Robert Triplow as Alien 4 and Ethel Mann as the Celestial Fairy.

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“As one of the creators, I couldn’t wish for a better cast,” said Margaret Stanton. “For this original play, each member has developed their role together with us out of thin air. These hilarious characters have come to life and completely surpassed my own imagination of what could be.”

Advance tickets are $15 general admission and $25 reserved. All tickets will be $5 more on day of show. Tickets are available at the Palace Theater box office, over the phone at 934-7010, or online at hilopalace.com.

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