LAHAINA - Barefoot and rumpled, he stands before the chalkboard puzzled, scratching his head. He rubs out an equation and steps back to consider it. Then, with chalk in hand, he writes a new equation in an effort to understand the universe. Pleased with himself, Albert Einstein turns toward the audience and speaks.
Last year, local actor Rick Scheideman and Production Manager Joel Agnew brought "An Evening with Mark Twain" and "An Evening with Albert Einstein" to the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. They were exquisite one-man shows.
This year, Scheideman is back with his one-man productions. Each performance begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays in the Pioneer Inn Courtyard.
The show schedule this month is: "An Evening with Mark Twain" on Feb. 5 and 26, "An Evening with Albert Einstein" on Feb. 12, and "The Old Man and the Sea" at 6:30 p.m. and the short play "The Journey of C.S. Lewis" at 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 19.
The Maui News theater critic Michael Pulliam wrote of Scheideman, "From Mark Twain, to Einstein, to Sitting Bull, this actor has the ability to look and be almost unidentifiable from one show to the next. If acting skill combined with a Lon Chaney-esque 'Man of a Thousand Faces' equals acting brilliance, then Scheideman is the best actor on Maui."
Come see for yourself. Tickets for all shows are $22.
Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended; call (303) 507-0987. For more information, visit www.rickscheideman.com or Facebook.com/rick-scheideman.
Limited dinner seating starts at 6 p.m.; availability is based on reservations. Drinks are available for purchase throughout the show.
Come early and dine at the charming Pioneer Inn Grill & Bar with a view of Lahaina Harbor. Happy Hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. with pupus and a full dinner menu available.