Dave Donnelly

Acting duo has another
go as married couple

HAWAII Pacific University theater director Joyce Maltby makes no bones about the fact her favorite playwright is Arthur Miller. Last season she did Miller's "Death of a Salesman," and opening Nov. 7 at HPU is "All My Sons." The casting of husband and wife was almost a given. Jo Pruden and Jim Tharp have played a married couple four times now. First was in "The Music Man" at Diamond Head Theatre in 1988, followed by Big Momma and Big Daddy in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at DHT in 1992. The two then played Ethel and Norman Thayer in "On Golden Pond" in '98 at the Art Academy and now here they are again at HPU. You'd think Jo's real life husband, Jip Pruden, might get a bit nervous about the multi-couplings, but he's not ...

MALTBY, incidentally must be awfully jealous of the fact that I attended playwright Miller's 80th birthday party at the National Theater in London. He was interviewed about his various works one by one and then a scene from each work was performed on stage by some of London's finest actors. At the end of the program, the interviewer had us all stand and sing "Happy Birthday, Dear Arthur." It was quite a memorable event, particularly when the host pointed out that he'd done some research to confirm his suspicion -- that Arthur Miller's works had been done at the National Theater by more than anyone, save a lone playwright: Shakespeare ...

Who let the dogs in?

TRADITIONALLY no pets are allowed at Duke's Canoe Club Waikiki, but G.M. Chris Colgate made an exception for a little pooch named "Triumph." That's right, all you insomniacs, it's the hand-held fabric puppet known for his insufferably rude antics on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on NBC. He was in Duke's taping a segment at the eatery for an upcoming "Late Night" episode ... And taking a break from being surrounded by beautiful, bikini-clad women and having a quiet dinner in Duke's was Ron Rice. He's the Hawaiian Tropics owner and the man behind the Miss Hawaiian Tropics Beauty Pageant. If you want to fantasize, the girls are preparing for the contest at the Turtle Bay Resort ...

ONE diner at Morton's Steak House didn't have bikini-clad ladies on his mind so much as beefy guys, so it would seem UH Warrior football coach June Jones picked the proper place to chow down. And after UH broiled the Fresno State Bulldogs 55-28, Morton's regional manager David Martin opined that Jones ought to make dining at Morton's a tradition prior to a game ...

HAIR magnate Paul Brown, who has a number of hair salons and sells his own brand of hair care products there, is turning a new leaf. On Nov. 7 he's opening Spa Olakino, a salon at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort ...

Sweets for the sweet

Chocoholics beware: Chocolate, rich and supposedly calorie-free, will be on display at Bishop Museum beginning tomorrow. To mark the occasion, Halekulani pastry chef Franz Schier will whip up tasty chocolate treats and museum chef Philip Shon will prepare an ancient Aztec chocolate drink ...

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Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968. The Week That Was runs Sundays and recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns. Contact Dave by e-mail:


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