He was right, in the interest of digestion, to assure the
audience that the show would not be all screams. As the show
began, the den darkened and slowly filled with fog and the
dreary late-night sounds typical of the back alleys of Chinatown
in the late 1800s. After such a dramatic introduction, the
crowd seemed prepared to be scared.
The performance primarily consisted of Noyle's stories: of
individuals long deceased, of old Honolulu opium dens, and
of their denizens. Some of the stories were light and entertaining,
filled with humor and magic; others were dramatic and dark,
accentuated by harsh lighting and foreboding sound effects.
Noyle created relationships with inidividual audience members
by telling them their fortunes through their personal objects.
After listening to their fortunes, audience members took Noyle
more seriously, thus making his characters and the stories
he told more believable. The Red Opium Den, which holds no
more than 30 people comfortably, was made to seem larger through
the dim lighting.
“You were always wondering if someone was behind you,” said
Yonie Espirtu, an undergraduate at HPU. Noyle, a slightly
rotund man with graying hair, a pleasant face, and a cockney
accent is a captivating storyteller and entertaining magician.
His dramatic antics drew the audience into his world of spirits
and sorcery. And although he uses only simple special effects
to supplement the stories, viewers should still expect to
be thrilled and chilled by his performance.
“I thought it was a wonderful, original experience,” said
Jaclynn Fasken, a recent HPU graduate. “I’d definitely see
it again!” According to Noyle, the play will run as long as
people continue buying tickets, however seating is limited
to a little over 20 people per showing.
To make reservations for the two shows nightly, Tuesday through
Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., contact Indigo Restaurant at