On The Scene
CLASSIC "WHODUNIT" AT MVT:
Cast members Stephen Mead, left, David Starr, Richard Aadland and John Hunt joined the party after the opening-night performance of "And Then There Were None" on Wednesday at Manoa Valley Theatre. The four veteran actors add dramatic impact to MVT's revival of this 1939 vintage "whodunit" about 10 people, each with a dark secret, who are trapped on an isolated island by someone who intends to kill them one-by-one. The story moves slowly, as was expected by theater audiences when it was first presented on stage in 1943, and with three acts and two full-length intermissions, MVT's revival is a full evening of chilling, yet sometimes comical, entertainment. Call 988-6131.
"HOSTAGE WIFE" WORTH A LOOK:
Jason Kanda got a hug from Denise-Aiko Chinen at the opening-night reception for "Hostage Wife" on Thursday at Kumu Kahua. Kanda gives a beautifully shaded performance as an FBI agent who finds himself providing emotional support for the wife of a man kidnapped by Iraqi terrorists. Chinen adds comic relief with her spot-on portrayal of the woman's insufferably intrusive neighbor.
PAICH JOINS SCAGGS AT THE ROYAL:
Rock fans got a "twofer" when keyboardist David Paich of Toto, left, sat in with Boz Scaggs, center, for the final night of the 2008 Hawaii Romance Festival on May 11 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Scaggs' solid 80-minute set included all of his biggest hits -- several of the biggest co-written with Paich. Celebrity concert caterer Steve Ozark, right, a long-time friend of Paich, congratulated them backstage after the concert.
Motown superstar Smokey Robinson welcomed Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, left, and Jocelyn Collado backstage after he performed for almost two hours as the headliner of the Hawaii Romance Festival concert May 9 at the Waikiki Shell. Robinson covered a good cross-section of his hits, but the highlight of the show came when he introduced guitarist Marv Tarplin and the two performed some of the Motown hits they co-wrote in the 1960s.
COOKIE COMPANY EXPANDS: Honolulu Cookie Co. general manager John Kim, left, shared hosting duties with Janet Sung and her husband, company president Keith Sung, at the grand opening for their newest store May 8 at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. Guests got to sample the limited-edition "Mother's Day" cookies, heart-shaped lilikoi cookies dipped in white or dark chocolate. Those are sold out, but Kim says other limited-edition cookies are planned.