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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM YOUTHFUL PLAYWRIGHTS DEBUT AT TAG | 1. Brad Powell, left, artistic director of The Actors' Group, congratulated playwrights Kivalu Ramanlal, Briana Grenert, Zoe Cook and Jacob Steiner at the closing-night ceremony of the Young Playwrights Festival 2012 on Sept. 9 at The Actors' Group Theatre in Iwilei. Ramanlal's play, "Computing 4 Life," closed the four-play program with a humorous look at what can happen when a teenage boy spends too much time with his computer.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'FRANKENSTEIN' COMES ALIVE AT MVT | 5. Manoa Valley Theatre Board President Jeff Portnoy, second from left, celebrated with choreographer Katherine L. Jones and cast members Myles McGee (The Monster), left, and Paul Mitri (Igor) Sept. 6 at the opening-night reception for MVT's Hawaii premiere production of "Young Frankenstein." Portnoy told the opening-night audience he "could not be more proud" of the cast and crew.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'CRAZY, SEXY, M' KICKS OFF COUNTDOWN | 4. Slopes of Diamondhead Hui members Lucy Cabiles, left, Kyle Mitsumori, Steph Ching, Paul Lum and Donna Chun surveyed the crowd at "Crazy, Sexy, M" Sept. 6 at M Nightclub. The event started the countdown to the Hui's pre-Halloween costume party, "Crazy, Sexy, Ghoul," Oct. 19 at Aloha Tower. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM CASTLE HONORED AT HAWAII THEATRE | 3. Hawaii Theatre Center President Sarah Richards talked with advisory board member Jim Nabors on Sept. 6 after the formal dedication of the Emily O. Castle Mezzanine Lobby and the unveiling of Castle's memorial portrait. Castle served on the theater board and donated more than $1 million to support its programs.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM A SURPRISE PRESENT FROM 'RJ' | 2. Ron Jacobs, left, specified in the invitation that he wanted no flowers or presents from the guests he invited to his 75th-birthday party Sept. 3 at Pah Ke's restaurant in Kaneohe, but "RJ" had a surprise gift for Kool Gold 107.9 morning guy Ed Kanoi: a mint-condition T-shirt promoting a "cow chip"-throwing contest they presented when Kanoi was working with him at radio station KDEO in 1983.