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Moon Over Buffalo

a Comedy
by Ken Ludwig

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 858

SHOWING : January 23, 2004 - February 22, 2004



It is 1953 and television popularity is on the rise. This leaves a very small audience for live theatre and the soon-to-be-over-the-hill acting team of George and Charlotte Hay. The unhappy couple is slogging through Cyrano de Bergerac (the revised one nostril version) and Private Lives in the greater metropolis of Buffalo New York when their agent calls with most exciting news. This backstage farce, by the author of last season's hit, Lend Me a Tenor, promises to warm up your winter with non-stop laughter.

Cast Freddie Ashley
Director Freddie Ashley
Ethel Lynne Ashe
Eileen Jennifer Duran
Howard Chris Ensweiler
Charlotte Hay Shelly McCook
Roz Hope Mirlis
George Hay Anthony Rodriguez
Richard Bruce Taylor
Paul Travis Young
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Great show
by Paul
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Guess I will try this again. First reveiw seems to be lost in cyber space.

My wife and I had the pleasure seeing this production. It has been a long time since I have laughed so hard that I cried.

THis was truluy an ensemble cast. THe performance was seamless and we truly had a great time

Sorry to be breif but this is my second time writing and I wanted to make sure my comments got posted [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A surreal experience.....
by JasonMeinhardt
Monday, February 9, 2004
My fiancee and I saw this production this weekend with my good friend, Andy Meeks. I was tossing up whether or not to review it since I had just finished playing Paul at a different theater. But I enjoyed myself so much, I thought…what the hell?! First off, I am not going to do any comparisons. I don’t think its fair. Plus, I didn’t SEE our production, so I cannot give a fair comparison. Now, the set was beautiful. It captured the pure essence of a green room and everything on the set helped submerse you into a world and an era that many people don’t know. The costuming by Michael Reynolds was flawless. Mr. Reynolds costumed me in 1940’s Radio Hour a couple years ago and he cares so much about his craft, it shows in every aspect. The only “comparison” I am going to make is about the staging. Ken Ludwig lays out everything pretty clearly and both directors skillfully related his staging to the casts. What is so much fun about this show, is that, as a cast, you are allowed so much freedom to find comic bits (Mr. Rodriguez’s shirt bit and the “twisted neck” bit, etc.) and to me, THAT is what makes each production of this play different. The performances were flawless. Tony Rodriguez and Shelly McCook (Ms. McCook is one of my favorite comic actresses in Atlanta), were the epitome of the term “fallen starlets”. Their chemistry and relationship was beautiful to watch. My other favorites were Mr. Ensweiler and Mr. Taylor. I must admit, when they first entered, I wasn’t sure…but they quickly exceeded my expectations and I loved every minute they were onstage. Mr. Young played Paul to a tee. I will not begin to compare our performances, because I cannot, but I loved watching him and it was almost a surreal experience watching another actor play the same role. I found myself mouthing the lines with him (silently, of course). I can only imagine that Mr. Young had as much fun with this part as I did and it showed in his performance. Overall, my experience was great. I finally got to meet Ann-Carol and she instantly made us feel at home there. Thank you, Aurora, for giving us a thoroughly enjoyable theatrical experience! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
fun to watch
by andy
Monday, February 9, 2004
I came to see this production on sunday and i very much enjoyed it. this was the first time i had been to Aurora. I must say i love this theatre. From the moment we walked in we felt very welcome by the lady at the box office(Ann Carol I believe). My fiancee and i have both performed this show at another theatre and it was interesting to watch a show that you have performed in. It was a little harder to laugh at certain times but i think that is because we already knew the script and knew what to expect. I think the set looked great and the costumes were fantastic. Tony R. did an excellent job as George his physical comedy was great. The lady playing Charlotte was fantastic as well(I believe her name is Shelly(sorry i do not have the program with me). I must say the character i laughed the hardest at was Howard,great job! Eileen was great and I loved the interaction between her and Howard. Ethel and Paul were equally as great as well. I have to be honest though, the only character i did not get was that of Roz.I am not sure how the actress was trying to play this character.However, i think all in all this was a fabulous production and i will recommend everyone i know to go and see it.Again, Great Job!!!sorry,now as i scroll down i see the cast list... [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Great side-splitting laughter comedy
by Shadrach
Thursday, January 29, 2004
I've always been a fan of Aurora, they have always put on great plays. And time after time, they amaze me with their set designs, and Moon Over Buffalo is no exception. And they even did something really cool and unique with their set that made me blink twice when it was implemented. I won't say what they did, you'll have to see that for yourself, but I think you'll like it. Okay, enough about the set, now about the actors. The real stand-outs in this production are Anthony Rodriguez, Shelly McCook and Chris Ensweiler. Anthony once again shows his versatility in the role of George Hay. In the one play that I was in at Aurora (Children of a Lesser God), Anthony's character came across as so evil and detestable, but every role I've seen him in since has been funny and off-the-wall, and as George Hay, he's probably at the funniest I've ever seen him since Clue: The Musical. Shelly McCook was great as Charlotte Hay, and I thought Anthony and Shelly complemented each other very well in this play. But my favorite actor in this play by far is Chris Ensweiler, who seems just at home as the geeky Howard. Every time he looked like he was about to have a panic attack, he immediately stood up straight and thrust his arms up above his head. I'm not exactly sure what that was supposed to accomplish, but it looked so darn funny and it seemed to work because everytime he did it, the audience roared with laughter. And I loved the scene with Howard and Charlotte, where she thinks he is Frank Capra and is trying to butter up to him, and he's talking about the weather forecast. Watching the look on her face every time he spouted off something else about the weather was priceless. Travis Young was effectively used as the sidekick in his portrayal of Paul. And the scene where he is trying to dress a very drunken George had me laughing so hard. This was the first show I've ever seen Hope Mirlis (yes, one of the co-founders of Synchronicity) in and I enjoyed her performance. I thought she might have been overshadowed by Anthony, Shelly and Paul but she held her own against all of them, and she made Roz a very likeable character. Lynne Ashe, Jennifer Duran and Bruce Taylor also did a great job with their roles, but they didn't get as much stage time as the rest of the actors, so I wasn't able to enjoy them as much as the rest of them. This is a very physical play as you'll see and there is a LOT of running on and off the stage, and it was all flawlessly done. This was opening night and I thought I might see a slip-up or two here and there which is oftentimes normal for the opening of a show, but this show was done very well. It looked like they had been doing it for weeks. I plan on going back to see it again before the end of the run, and I suggest you check out this show if you get a chance. Another 4-star comedy by Aurora Theatre.

cant wait to see it by andy
i had the pleasure of performing in this show at a diff. theatre, and i must say i had a lot of fun doing it. this is one of those shows that you have to see and i look foward to coming to see it!


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