Dave Donnelly

Friday, January 9, 2004

Director demonstrates
lots of heart

THEY say if you have a job to do, assign it to someone busy. Jim Hutchison fits that bill to a T. The director-choreographer seems to be working on one show after the other. He's just started rehearsals for "Kiss Me Kate," starring Cathy Foy and Buzz Tennant, which will open at the Army Community Theater in late February. But before that, "Hutch" will be putting together a special for the 2004 Heart Ball. That's appropriate since he has a pacemaker ...

ALSO on the theater front, actor Richard Macpherson writes, "You may think you had bad luck on your S.F. trip -- and granted, you did take quite a dive (I'll say, since I broke my hip) -- but I'm going deeper. I'm trying to get back on the Titanic." Well, not for real, but he plays a Titanic-obsessed gentleman who interviews a modern-day survivor of the ill-fated ship in Manoa Valley Theatre's next play, "Scotland Road," which opens Wednesday. There are lots of twists, turns and surprises in the show, so early viewers, don't give them away ...

20 years of tamales

ONE of the most successful restaurateurs in town, Rick Enos, is smiling a lot these days. His Ward Centre Compadres is celebrating its 20th anniversary next week. Unlike most restaurants that start on the mainland, then open here, Compadres originated in Honolulu and then spread to such California locales as Napa Valley, Piedmont and Palo Alto near Stanford University, as well as both S.F. ballparks. Enos is flying in from California to celebrate with old friends and has invited all employees past and present to join him for a toast on Wednesday ...

Sunset Grill has a new executive chef, James Gillespie, most recently exec chef at the Plaza Club downtown. He comes to the Sunset Grill with more than 23 years of professional experience. Sunset Grill is part of the "family" of restaurants owned by local entrepreneur Fred Livingston ...

STORYTELLERS wanted: The search is on for people with great stories to tell about living in Hawaii. Casting director Sue Larkin says she's looking for local people, not actors, for a series of TV commercial. Submit tapes to Reel Services/Hawaii at 350 Ward Ave., 106-226, Honolulu 96814, before Jan. 16. Or call Larkin at 524-2278 ...

WYLAND, meet Wyland. It must have been quite a kick for artist Wyland to meet the 5-month-old baby sea lion named after him. The meeting took place at Sea Life Park on the last stop of the Wyland Ocean Challenge, an interdisciplinary marine art and science program. Wyland the artist has embraced environmental issues. Wyland the sea lion will be a reminder of his famous namesake ...

Not even Irish

NICE gesture by "Uncle Jack" Sullivan, a true son of the Ould Sod by way of Boston, more or less adopted the late Frank Conkey as an ersatz Irishman. He talked the diminutive Conkey into portraying a leprechaun in many a St. Patrick's Day parade and when Frank died, Sullivan had Oahu Cemetery cremate one of his best shillelaghs for him. He got permission from Frank's brother, George, to add it to Frank's remains. Sullivan decided to keep a tape of the Gridiron show and the photos of Frank as a leprechaun as a remembrance ...

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Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968. The Week That Was runs Sundays and recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns. Contact Dave by e-mail:


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