‘Moon Over Buffalo’…

Theater report…’Moon Over Buffalo’.
‘Moon Over Buffalo’  is a 1995 comic play by Ken Ludwig set in Buffalo, New York in 1953 and It bears  similarities to Ludwig’s previous farce, ‘Lend Me A Tenor’
 Ably directed by the multi award-winning Carl Jordan who keeps the non-stop action flowing, this play is a frantic, hurly-burly, slapstick comedy, featuring mock fencing, a wrestling match, characters writhing and slithering across the floor and the furniture,  sexual innuendo and a stunt fall into the orchestra pit and much of that’s in the first ten minutes!
The characters are constantly bickering and continually attempting to resolve confusion…
There’s George, the drunken-womanizing-traveling-actor-leading-man and Eileen his one-night stand, Charlotte, his jealous actress-wife and her side-piece Richard, a lovesick lawyer, George and Charlotte’s precocious daughter Roz (who hates show-business), Howard, her silly TV-weatherman-suitor, Paul, a stage-manager (Roz’s ex-fiancee) who is desperate to keep things running smoothly and Ethel, Charlotte’s almost-deaf mother…
This style of this play is a  ‘door-slammer’, as soon as one door slams shut, another opens and the hi-jinks continue, it’s full-on Ludwig nuttiness, which makes one’s head spin…
Interestingly, Novato actor Shirley Hall who has the quietest and calmest small role as the wry, deaf granny Ethel, steals the show, proving once again the Stanislawski theater adage, ‘There are no small parts, only small actors’…
This play marked the return, after a 30-year absence, of Carol Burnett to the Broadway stage, for which she received a Tony nomination and it opened in London in 2001 featuring Frank Langella and Joan Collins…the mind boggles!
Where: 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, California.
When:  Thru Feb 3 2019
Tix: 6thstreetplayhouse.com 
   
707-523-4185
 

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Mitchell FieldMitchell Field is a Bay Area actor and theater reviewer. Field has appeared on many Bay Area stages, as well as in commercials, print ads and independent films. His weekly arts & entertainment radio show 'The Field Trip' aired on Radio Sausalito for a number of years and featured interviews with prominent Bay Area guests from theater, print media, art, film and entertainment, 100 of which are archived and available on radiosausalito.org...View all posts by Mitchell Field →