Posted on February 10, 2016
Posted on January 15, 2016
At whatever time Teri Grimes coordinates a demonstrat to, you know it will be a treat. When she consolidates her gifts with those of dramatist Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Leading Ladies) you would do well to convey Depends® in the event that you need to dodge any mishaps. Moon Over Buffalo is Ludwig at the highest point of his diversion and Grimes knows exactly where to take it: over the top.
Ludwig cherishes jabbing fun at theater individuals and God knows there’s a great deal of material to work with. There’s two maturing performers whose gifts are best portrayed by a line from the play: “… stick cloves in them and spread them with pineapple cuts.” Their little girl urgently aches to have a typical (rather than showy) life and arrangements to wed a TV meteorologist. Grandmother is as hard of hearing as a stone ‘n roll sound tech and can’t tell emergency treatment from lemonade. Toss in little girl’s ex, a showbiz legal advisor and a pregnant ingénue, and let the great times roll.
David Bolden conveys the best execution of his profession as George Hay, the boozy old hack who can’t recollect whether he’s playing Cyrano or Elyot from Private Lives. Bolden’s stunning physicality makes the part sing and he might well be one extensive wound before the end of the run.
His forbearing wife Charlotte is played by Holly Pierce, who can out-ham her hubby gracefully. Pierce comes back to the Claire vg Thomas stage following a 14-year rest and how about we trust she’s back to sit tight.
The respectable Alan Peet is a past expert at eccentric characters and has a field day as showbiz legal counselor Richard who needs simply to flee with Charlotte.
Rosalind’s ex is played by Evan Ricci with a ridiculous quirkiness that makes you comprehend why she dumped him. Her present fire, the TV meteorologist Howard who thinks a low-weight framework flags great climate, is depicted by Kyle Pennington. Eileen, the ingénue impregnated by George, is played by Gillian Dodson whose showy qualities are astonishingly blue.
In theater, this sort of show is known as a five-entryway sham. David Cohn’s splendid set just has four entryways, however they get an intensive workout as the performing artists keep running in and out with Marxist wrath. That is Groucho and organization, not Karl.
Moon Over Buffalo is set in 1953 when films and TV were overpowering live theater and that loans a piercing touch to stage performing artists attempting to adapt to the new unusual. Outfit Goddess Genny Cohn catches that more exquisite time with her standard virtuoso.
Dee O’Connor ventures out of the tech stall to collaborator direct and there is by all accounts no restriction to her abilities. The same can be said for Stage Manager Susan Duncan.
Moon Over Buffalo plays September 17 through October 4 at the Claire vg Thomas Theater, 755 Front Street in Lynden. This wild cavort is a certain sellout, so save your tickets now by calling (360) 354-4425. Film industry hours are Tuesday – Friday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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