By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, March 22, 2001

Arts at Marks shows
sense of the ridiculous

YOU just never know when you go out to a new locale for theatrical productions and see a show you've never heard of, but sometimes it pays off in spades. That was certainly the case when a Northern Ireland group called Ridiculusmus Theater Company presented "The Exhibitionists" at the Arts at Marks Garage. Tim Bostock presented the quartet of performers in the newly opened centerpiece of arts on Nuuanu. It turns out the space there was perfect for the 100 or so who took in the unique show, one of the funniest I've seen in years.

Audience members entering the seating area were frisked, measured, removed of some of their clothing, and in at least one case had to open their backpack and explain what the food was in a plastic container. Coats were routinely removed by the uniformed cast members, playing art gallery guards, then tossed in a heap behind the staging area. This is the premiere public performance in the new venue, and it plays through Saturday. News of the lunatic antics of the four performers must have traveled fast by word of mouth, because the run sold out quickly. Bostock is being besieged to add a second performance each night, but as energetic as the cast may be, it's hard to imagine they'd have the energy to do a second show. Still, you can call 528-0506 to check.

Hawaii Five-O

THERE was a distinguished audience across the street from the Arts at Mark's Garage Monday night. That was when Lynne Kaneshiro, owner of Island Title Corp. was surprised on her 50th birthday by daughter Brooke. The former Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" was completely fooled, and when she spotted her Island Title staff she admitted she'd wondered to where they'd all disappeared. About 120 of her friends, many in the real estate field, were there to help her celebrate. Taking her completely aback were guests such as Bill Chee of Locations, Ron Teves of Chaney Brooks, Kathy Inouye and Pat Kobayashi from General Services, Ko Olina developer Jeff Stone with wife Lorrie, Mike Nakamura of Allied Builders, Don Takaki of Island Movers, City Council Chairman Jon Yoshimura and performer Danny Kaleikini.

IT'S bad enough to be forced out of your home, but to be denied TV? Verizon Americast and Panasonic would have none of that for the 70-plus Halawa residents sheltered at the Halawa gym while their homes were being cleaned up from mercury contamination, and television and cable were provided for them ...

Good Book 'em, Danno

SOME real baddies broke into Aiea United Methodist Church and devastated the youth room. They stole the TV (used to watch Christian videos), VCR, and CD and tape players, the entertainment center bookshelf, some photos with sentimental value, and the air conditioner, torn out of the wall. If that weren't enough, they sprayed WD-40 over the newly painted walls and other furniture. They also took 26 of the group's hardcover study Bibles. The church youth would love to get their pictures and Bibles back, no questions asked. On second thought, maybe the culprits should keep the Bibles -- and read them!

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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