WHO/WHAT: David Gaines’ original one-person rendition of director Akira Kurosawa’s epic “Seven Samurai.”

“7 (x1) Samurai” — pronounced “7 (by one) Samurai” — is a mixture of mime, storytelling and clowning in this recreation of Akira Kurosawa’s epic three-hour movie, but performed in 60 minutes. This is the story of farmers in a small village who are plagued by brutal bandits at harvest season who rob, rape and pillage. When one of the peasants seeks the samurai warriors’ help, only one accepts the challenge.

Gaines, from Arlington, Va., is stunning in kabuki-style masks as he darts from scene to scene, playing all of the characters.

This show is a crowd-pleaser and sells out regularly. Appropriate for children ages 7 and older.

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre (229 Queen Emma Square).

COST: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.htyweb.org or by calling (808) 839-9885, x. 720, or at the HTY box office before the show.


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