Star-Bulletin Features

Tuesday, March 23, 1999

Cabaret brings
new perspectives

Bullet Cabaret Tiki
Bullet On stage: 8 p.m. today
Bullet Where: Kumu Kahua Theatre
Bullet Tickets: $5, limited seating
Bullet Call: 536-4222

By John Berger
Special to the Star-Bulletin


CABARET Tiki returns with fresh and interesting ideas in "Postcards From The Stage," an anthology of 15 original short sketches being presented for two nights as a "Dark Night Series" production at Kumu Kahua. The show also includes a surprise performance and a "you write the play" piece where audience input helps determine the title, length, characters and content.

The material ranges from tightly written drama to opaque performance art. Some ideas are more entertaining then others, but all in all "Postcards" is well worth seeing.

Two kids playing at being married fight over whether married people have to fight in Kris Mayeshiro's "The Wedding."

The fans of a famous "instructional writer" are shocked to hear that he's writing a novel in Albert Lanier's satirical "Subtext."

A self-centered woman never learns what she's lost in Tony Pisculli's "Rush Hour," and Sharon Garcia mocks academic pretentiousness in "Back to Basics."

The tendency of people to applaud things they don't understand but think they should is the key to "i think maybe it was abstract" by Daniel A. Kelin II.

Julia Gilman tells a memorable tale with "Postcards From the End," and a man is the victim of two bored dancers in Mayeshiro's "Lap Dance."

Cast members Britton Adams, David Bruhn, Betty Burdick, Mitchell Goo, Jason Kanda, Blake Kushi, Nathan Mark, Matthew Malliski, Nicole Morita, Ku'ulei Otis, and Nicole Tessier join the writers in bringing their ideas to life.

Some cutesy and unwieldy suggestions from a few childish types didn't completely ruin the audience participation sketch last night. Kelin cobbled it all together to create "Mayonnaise Diarrhea," a cut-and-paste, seven line encounter between the Bovine Avenger and Al the Butcher.

John Berger has covered the local entertainment scene since 1972.

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