On the Scene
‘Flaming Idiots’ hits MVT
MEET THE 'IDIOTS':
Brenda Lee Hillebrenner celebrated with Jason Dusewicz, left, and Daryl Emanuel Wednesday after "Flaming Idiots" received a standing ovation on opening night at Manoa Valley Theatre. Dusewicz and Emanuel star as two guys who open a restaurant despite knowing nothing about the business. Emanuel is excellent as Phil, the fast thinker of the two, and Dusewicz completes the core duo in great style playing Carl, a well-meaning dimwit. Hillebrenner's animated performance as the restaurant's deaf-mute cook is another asset to this well-paced sitcom-style comedy.
NO MALFUNCTIONS HERE:
"Flaming Idiots" cast members Ariane Fuchs and Nicholas B. Gianforti were delighted to find there was still some wine left by the time they got out of their costumes and were able to enjoy the after-show party. Gianforti gives a strong supporting performance as Ernesto, a cunning illegal alien. Fuchs steals a scene or two as a ditsy freeloading restaurant reviewer who is plagued by a G-rated wardrobe malfunction.
READ 'EM AND EAT:
Richard Aaland, right, helped cast member David Starr show off the sliced bagel he received after the show. Starr boosts the comic impact with a perfect portrayal of a doughnut-loving police officer who has zero powers of observation. The letters on the slices read "Flaming" and "Idiots."
HE'S A HIT, MAN:
Blade Rogers, left, congratulated his father, "Idiots" director Scott Rogers, center, and cast member Buck Ashford. Scott Rogers' direction of a great cast makes this MVT show worth seeing. Ashford is hilarious as the slightly senile but dangerous hit man who gets involved in a scheme to save the restaurant.
'KEEP YOUR PANTS ON':
Attorney Brad Coates, left, was referring to Howard Bishop's performance in Diamond Head Theatre's "The Full Monty" when he offered that bit of advice while waiting to greet the "Idiots" cast. Katherine Jones, an asset to MVT's version of "Footloose," also enjoyed the party.