I See Dead People! Many Dead People!
Living Room, written by William “Pono” Kahele, is an exercise within the head of Eli (Daryl Bonilla), who, in depression, teeters between life and death. The relatives that visit him consist of five: Fannie (Natalie Dawn), Junior (Will Ha’o), Rose (Kahana Ho), Millie (Aimee Nelson), and The Boy (Ricky Cardenas). The relationships are complex but become evident as the play goes on. The cast also play live people in the beginning of the second act, and the only truly living person is Ming (Aaron Miko), the police detective who investigates a gun he suspects was stolen by Eli. A friendship ensues between Eli and Ming despite Ming shooting Eli in the arm.
To say that the play is complex is an understatement as it makes you think about life and death, and whether suicide is the answer to your problems. This is however not a doom and gloom story, and humor permeates the play from start to finish. The actors create much depth which enables the audience to drift between Eli’s struggle in his mind. And that is where most of the story takes place…in his mind!
The production staff consist of Harry Wong III (Director), Anette Arinix (Assistant Director), Bulldog (Set and Lighting Design), Nara Malia Cardenas (Costume Design), Ryan “Oki” Okinaka (Sound Design) and John M. Cummings III (Prop Design).
So call Kumu Kahua Theatre for tickets at 536-4441 or go online: kumukahua.org. Listen for the wind blowing when there is no wind, see people that aren’t there, or even better, go to KKT and see where the living and dead convene…LIVING ROOM!
Written by Allan Okubo