Moon Over Buffalo
MOON OVER BUFFALO
by Ken Ludwig
directed by Jane Farnol
produced by Andrew Okell
SHOW DATES: March 13-28
Fri. & Sat. at 8PM and Sun. at 2PM
Free preview for senior citizens on Thurs., March 12 at 8PM
STARRING: Bob Lussier, Vicki Sosbe, Dandy Barrett, Brianna Bowman, Sean Latasa, Thomas Samuels, Christopher Bird, and Julie-Anne Brand
It is the summer of 1953, and George and Charlotte Hay, formerly Broadway stars, have taken their run-down touring company to Buffalo, New York. In Buffalo they have the intention of running Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives in repertory, all the while grumbling about missed Hollywood opportunities. But on-stage harmony is compromised when George performs an off-stage infidelity. When Charlotte learns of this, she prepares to run away with the family lawyer, sending lightweight George on a grief-stricken drinking binge.
It turns out that Frank Capra is headed to town on a talent scouting mission looking to hire the couple for his swashbuckling Scarlet Pimpernel epic. As a result, the Hay family – including scornful, deaf mother in law Ethel, determinedly practical daughter Rosalind, and dashing actor Paul, Rosalinds ex-boyfriend – must work overtime to get sloppy drunk George into his Cyrano hat and nose…or is it his Elyot Chase smoking jacket?
With the entrance of Rosalinds fiance, anxious TV weatherman Howard – one man with two mistaken identities – and Richard Maynard, the wealthy lawyer hoping to lure Charlotte away to his mansion – the confusion only intensifies.
With a plethora of pratfalls, slamming doors aplenty, and backstage shenanigans, Ken Ludwigs Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced, hilarious screwball comedy in the old tradition, a throwback farce, a valentine to the stage, and the larger-than-life personalities that inhabit the world of the theatre.
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