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Moon over Buffalo
a Comedy
by Ken Ludwig

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 563

SHOWING : August 01, 2003 - September 06, 2003



An acting couple are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac and Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Fate has given these thespians one more shot at starring roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel epic and director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance. Will Charlotte Hay appear or run off with their agent? Will George Hay be sober enough to emote? Will Capra see Cyrano, Private Lives or a disturbing mixture of the two? Hilarious misunderstandings pile on madcap misadventures in this mad caped farce.

Cast Snapper Morgan
Richard Larry Fairall
Howard Christopher Hines
Charlotte Pamela Maxwell
Paul Jason Meinhardt
George Brink Miller
Eileen Brandy Rizk
Roz Amy Rundbaken
Ethel Patty Seibert
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The Aurora Theatre has some big shoes to fill
by Okely Dokely
Monday, August 18, 2003
This was not only surprisingly good, but the best show I have ever seen at Kudzu. Aurora is doing this show in January, and I think they should take this entire cast and transplant them into their production - they are that good.

The plot involves two middle-aged actors (the wonderfully animated Brink Miller and Pamela Maxwell) who are doing a 4-show repertory which includes Cyrano and Private Lives. I appreciated and understood all the Private Lives references after having just seen Aurora's production of it the night before. To make the transition from backstage to the Pvt. Lives set onstage, the set did things that I was hoping for but didn't dare expect to happen. I have underestimated the Kudzu Playhouse. The transformation from backstage to onstage was incredible, probably because you can't really tell from looking at the set that there is potential for it to change, which makes it all the more unexpected. I have liked every set I've seen at Aurora, but the element of surprise and unpredictability is gone because I've been able to easily spot exactly how the set is going to change.

Other special kudos go to Jason Meinhardt (who has been in every Kudzu show this season so far, will be in the next one, and will probably be in the last one - I have yet to get sick of him despite this), Larry Fairall, Brandy Rizk, and Patty Seibert, who was wonderful even if she seemed too young to be playing Brink's mother-in-law. I look all the more forward to Aurora's production - should be interesting to see how it pans out. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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