Downtown Honolulu has had much of the old-time ambience scrubbed away in recent years, but the ghosts of older and wilder times are being given a chance to reappear with the opening of "Phantasma" at Indigo Restaurant on Tuesday.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN NOYLE
Get your share of goose bumps
at a new show that calls spirits
By John Berger
The show is a modern, high-tech version of an old-time seance with Knox Crighton (a k a Ken Noyle) conjuring up various spirits and "things that go bump in the night."
The spirits are going to be earning their money -- or whatever it is they receive for showing up at Noyle's behest to perform for the curious -- since Noyle will be putting them through their paces twice nightly, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Reservations are required.
Noyle will also a borrow an idea or two from Hawaiian storyteller Glen Grant and embellish the show with tales of ghostly or mysterious events that occurred downtown -- perhaps even on the premises -- in years past.
The show is being presented in the newly opened Indigo Opium Den and Champagne Bar, where the decor includes opium-related paraphernalia (not available for use) and champagne by the glass. Live or spun music will follow the late show beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
"Phantasma" is described as spooky, scary and fun, but with nothing supernatural that might offend those whose religious or philosophical beliefs stop at conjuring spirits as entertainment.
Starring Ken Noyle
Where: Indigo Restaurant, 1121 Nuuanu Ave.
When: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Admission: $25; includes one drink
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