“MOON OVER BUFFALO” GLOWS IN SILLY SPLENDOR


BONNIE GOLDBERG

George and Charlotte Hay have enjoyed a long and illustrious history of treading the boards together in a repertory stage company as well as sharing a marital bed.  The foundation of their union is shaken irrevocably by a series of events:  they find themselves performing in the ignoble city of Buffalo, George is caught committing a major indiscretion and their dream opportunity in a Hollywood movie by famed director Frank Capra goes to another set of acting stars.

To get caught up in the drama of their chaotic life, run along to the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin to enjoy Ken Ludwig’s clever comic farce “Moon Over Buffalo” playing weekends until March 26.

George (Lenny Fredericks) and Charlotte (Chelsea Neville) are definitely on different pages of the script, which is easily explained by the fact that some days they are Cyrano and Roxane in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” elongated nose and all, and on others they are Elliot and Amanda in “Private Lives.” The revolving roles are the beauty and essence of repertory theater.

Enter from stage left their beloved daughter Rosalind (Meagan Bomar) who has a momentous announcement of her own, Charlotte’s slightly deaf mother (Joanne Callahan-Roohr) who doubles as wardrobe mistress, Paul (Jonathan Escobar) who is stage manager and was recently replaced as Rosalind’s fiancé, Richard (Tom Roohr) the company’s attorney and head of Charlotte’s fan club, Howard (James J. Moran), a meek meteorologist who is mistaken for a really big cheese and Eileen (Rachel West-Balling) who is a major catalyst for the angst and anxiety in the Hay’s marriage.

Artistic director Kris McMurray guides this fine cabaret regional theatre company through its paces, slamming stage doors in true farce fashion, adding comic costume malfunctions and a major mistaken identity crisis to keep the fun flowing.

For tickets ($30), call Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin at 860-829-1248 or online at www.ctcabaret.com.  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.  Don’t forget to bring goodies to enjoy or plan on purchasing desserts from their delicious bar.

For two nights only, Thursday, March 17 and 24, at 8 p.m., the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre will present Eve Ensler’s provocative “The Vagina Monologues.”  Call now for tickets.

Get caught up in the chaotic and comic lives of George and Charlotte as they frantically try to find out if there’s a Frank Capra in the house.

 


THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE MIDDLETOWN PRESS ON JULY 9.

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