By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Longtime theater
colleagues meet

THERE must have been something in the air this past weekend, because it was a time for revisiting old friends. The Honolulu Theatre for Youth staff had a surprise party for producer-director Jane Campbell, who's been with the group for 40 years and seen it grow from a one-woman operation with volunteers to a professional company supported in large part by students who pay a modest amount to see the shows the group puts on. The party was held at Waterfront Park, and Campbell was lured there by HTY director Mark Lutwak, ostensibly to look at the site of a new theater. "For the first time in my life, I was truly surprised," said Campbell, who also expressed surprise that I had shown up. "I had to," I explained, "since I'm about the only one still around to predate you with HTY." I did my first show for the company in 1956 when it was but a year old, and Campbell got to Hawaii the following year ... Then on Sunday at Restaurant Row, I ran into Sam Young and Helen Topham, with whom I'd worked in theater back in the '60s and hadn't seen for 35 years ...

FORMER isle deejay Ron Jacobs reconnected with the past when attending a wedding party. He was seated next to Honolulu sports legend Ah Chew Goo, who, among other things, is the father of the coach of the UH women's basketball team, Vince Goo. In addition, he coached the UH men's team, and an award in his name for excellence goes to a UH Wahine player each year. A member of the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, Goo regaled Jacobs with stories about the old days, playing against the Harlem Globetrotters in the early 1940s. Now Goo is being honored by ringing the bell at tonight's big boxing card, which features both old-timer Jesus Salud and, making his pro debut, Waipahu's Brian Viloria ...

Crosswords for Burnett

DURING Saturday night's sold-out "Laughter and Reflection" benefit at the Hawaii Theatre, Carol Burnett revealed to the audience that she's an avid crossword puzzle fan. This must have sent a shiver up the back of Star-Bulletin creative manager Lorianne Koch, who without knowing that, designed the paper's ad for the show's program heralding the New York Times crossword puzzle that runs on Sunday, using clues from "The Carol Burnett Show." Talk about creative!

TONIGHT is the final one for the Krush, as we know the group, at the Sheraton-Waikiki's Esprit nightclub. Beginning on Saturday, Krush member Tino Ibach, who's formed a new group, opens at the club as Tino and the Rhythm Klub ...

Be Prepared

CELEBRATED Russian Constantin Stanislavsky wrote the book "An Actor Prepares," and it's been on serious actors' bookshelves since its translation into English in 1936. But there's nothing an aspiring actor can find more useful than hands-on preparation in the hands of an experienced acting teacher. Last year, Iris Klein drew an appreciative audience for her classes, using the techniques of celebrated acting coach Sanford Meisner. She's returning for another two-week workshop July 2-12. To reach her and sign up for her course, e-mail ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.

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