Theatre Mirror Review"Moon Over Buffalo"

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"Moon Over Buffalo"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Your Theatre's current show is Ken Ludwig's farce "Moon Over Buffalo". It opened on Broadway on October 1, 1995, ran for 309 performances and is set in June, 1953 at the Erlanger Theatre in Buffalo, New York. An over-the-hill acting couple, George and Charlotte Hay are on tour with a repertory consisting of "Cyrano de Bergerac", a "revised,one nostril version" and Noel Coward's "Private Lives'.Fate has given this couple one more shot at starring roles in a movie epic of "The Scarlet Pimpernel'' and director Frank Capra himself is en route to catch their matinee performance. One of the problems is George is drunk and isn't sure of which show he is doing, creating a mixture of them both. Hilarious misunderstandings and madcap adventures ensue all night long during this comic romp. This show sparkles and shines under the direction of Bob Gillet who keeps his 8 member cast in constant motion, obtaining stunning performance from one and all.

Bob infuses the show with much physical humor and shtick to bring it to life. The show relies on situation comedy for its humor as well as sexual innuendos and a great deal of slapstick. Some of the sight gags include putting on of trousers by another person which turns it into a humping scene, many pratfalls on the floor plus slamming of doors. The megalomaniac, George is wonderfully played by Robert Duquette. He is very comical in this role. Robert's wobbling legs when he falls to the floor in a stupor and his line delivery are topnotch as is his drunken scene. The sword fight that George does with Charlotte at the start of the show is breath taking.Alison Hutchinson is wonderful as Charlotte. Her one liners and constant insults of her snooty overbearing husband are hilarious as is when she knees him in the crotch. Alison looks like Nancy Dussault and has a sexy, sultry voice like Kathleen Turner. Alison and Robert play this over the top, manic couple beautifully. Some of her funny lines include "She could give milk" as she is massaging George's neck (it's a comic barb aimed at Eileen) and another one is "She is beginning to look like Ed Sullivan" which is about herself. A comic gem hidden in this show is Lucy Bly as Ethel. Ethel refuses to wear her hearing aid so she keeps messing things up and sending them on wild goose chases. Lucy is marvelous in this role and the audience wonders how she can keep a straight face with all her comic lines. Her funniest bit is when she tries to save the day in the show within a show segment.

Caitlin Robert plays Rosalind, the daughter. She portrays a girl who want to escape the madness of the theatre or does she really want to stay? Her Private Lives sequence is a hoot and she wears a dark wig in this role. Cory David Santos plays Howard, her weatherman fiancee. His frightened expressions, splendid line delivery and quivering voice heighten his hilarious performance. Cory changes facial expressions at the drop of a hat and his funniest scene is when he runs in as George Patton waving a pistol around. Also very funny is when he appears all tied up and hops off the stage to gales of laughter from the audience. In the last scene, he becomes the mouse who roared as he takes charge of the situation. Joseph Luca plays Paul, George's stage manager who gets abuse hurled upon him during the show. He does a topnotch job with the physicality of the role as well as with his line delivery. Elizabeth Gillin plays the pregnant actress, Eileen. She tells George what's happening with their impending bundle of joy. One of her funniest moments is when she tells George, her muscular hairdresser Marine brother is hunting for him while brandishing a gun. There is a surprising twist with her character at the end of the show. The final member of the cast is Roger Allen as Richard who plays their agent who wants to run off with Charlotte. What will happen to the Hays with all the craziness surrounding them? The best way to find out is by going to Your Theatre to see this wonderfully performed production of "Moon Over Buffalo".

"Moon Over Buffalo" (10 - 20 May)
YOUR THEATRE, INC.
@ 136 Rivet Street, NEW BEDFORD MA
1(508)993-0772

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