A traveling group of actors are performing “PRIVATE LIVES” and “CYRANO de BERGERAC” in repertory at a Buffalo theater, and learn that the great film director, Frank Capra, is coming to see them perform to cast them in a movie he is making. George and Charlotte Hay (Mark Belnick and Kimberly Lewis respectively) cannot believe their luck that finally they are going to achieve the “stardom” they so crave, and feel they deserve. Lets get a little more background here……
George has had an affair with Eileen (Sarah Randall Hunt), one of the actors in their Company. Now she is pregnant and Charlotte has found out. Charlotte has had enough of George’s infidelity, and tells George she is leaving with their lawyer, Richard (Paul Michael Nieman) who is in love with Charlotte. Rosalind Hay (Keri Safran) has brought her fiancé, Howard (Chuck Raucci) to meet her parents. Howard, a TV weatherman, is a nice enough guy, but has no clue what is going on when all the action starts. But he loves Rosalind. Rosalind, you see, was in love with Paul (Paul Galliano), the Hay’s theatre manager who is still in love with her. Topping off this band of merry actors is Ethel (Carol Herman), Charlotte’s stage mother, who is hard of hearing and can’t hear a blasted thing. Confusion ensues, and you are laughing your head off.
Now, all this is brought together by the brilliant direction of Kiff Scholl. I have seen this play several times, and no other production can compare with this one. This is a funny play written by the talented Ken Ludwig, but Kiff Scholl has done it justice. All the actors are perfect in their roles. I must bring attention to Kimberly Lewis who has PERFECT comedic timing in the role of Charlotte Hay. I don’t think I will ever be able to see this play again without comparing another actress to her performance. She is superb and I’m still talking about some of her moments in the play. Mark Belnick brings credit to George Hay, Sara Randall Hunt has the right amount of ditziness that is the character of Eileen, and Paul Michael Nieman as lawyer Richard knows each nuance of his character. Every actor makes this play what it is. Terrific!
I have to mention the great set design by Adam Haas Hunter, the FABULOUS and gorgeous costumes by Michael Mullen, Wig/Hair Consultant Jessica Kuhns (loved those wigs, Jessica).
What more can I say??? This is an amazing evening of theatre. You leave the theatre happy and joyful, and you have laughed so much your sides ache. How great was this evening? IT WAS FANTASTIC. I guess you have gotten the message that I loved it!!!
Cast: Mark Belnick, Paul Galliano, Carol Herman, Sarah Randall Hunt, Kimberly Lewis, Paul Michael Nieman, Chuck Raucci & Keri Safran.
Direction: Kiff Scholl
Producer: Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners
Assoc Producer: Victoria Watson, Theatre Planners
Set Designer: Adam Haas Hunter
Costume Designer: Michael Mullen
Lighting Designer: Michael Gend
Sound Designer: Dan Hoal
Graphic Designer: afk Design
Publicist: Nora Feldman
Fight Director: Mike Mahaffey
Press Photographer: Ed Krieger
Set Builder: Justin Bell
Wig/Hair Consultant: Jessica Kuhns
House Manager: Chloe Diaz
Stage Manager: Erica Lawrence
Grove Theatre Center (GTC)
1111-B West Olive Ave (in center of George Isay Park – across from baseball field)
Buy Tickets/Info: www.plays411.com/moon or (323) 960-7721
When: August 2 – September 14, 2014 (Dark Labor Day Weekend – August 29, 30 & 31)
Plays – Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Sunday Matinees at 3pm
Running Time: 120 minutes. There will be one intermission.