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Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor" is a durable good, a likable bit of comedic fluff set in the world of opera that continues to deliver laughs 25 years after its Broadway debut. It's one of those money in the bank shows, created by a clever mind which understands the mechanics of Gucci Bags New Collection 2016
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although there were some distracting lapses in timing during Sunday's matinee performance. But cast members bring a lot of energy to bear in this fast moving affair, and they inhabit their characters convincingly.Ludwig's two act play is set in Cleveland in 1934, starting just hours before Merelli, known as "Il Stupendo" to his many fans, is scheduled to perform in a production of Verdi's "Otello."Things begin to unravel right away when the tenor and his wife Maria (played by Ariano's real life wife, Ann, in an effective matchup) fail to arrive at the hotel on time. When they finally do show up, they spend most of their time quarreling about his wandering eye.All of this alarms Saunders (David Richwine), the overwrought general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, which is hosting Merelli's visit. He's hoping to make a financial killing with the show and doesn't want anything to get in the way.The snarky Saunders is perhaps the play's best character, or at least the fellow that Ludwig gifts with the highest number of laugh inducing lines. Philip Bosco grabbed a Tony Award for his portrayal of Saunders in the original 1989 Broadway show. Richwine is over the top in Theatre Harrisburg's production, but that's just right for this role.The main target of Saunders' angst is Max, who is desperately trying to keep the windfall event on track while also trying to restrain his girlfriend Maggie from following through on her plan to have a "fling" with Merelli during his visit.Circumstances conspire to give Max the false impression that Merelli has committed suicide in despair over the loss of his wife, who stormed out of the suite in a fit of pique, vowing never to return.The despondent singer already had attempted to stab himself to death with a fork, so the notion that he took an overdose of tranquilizers definitely seems real, especially when Max cannot revive him for the show.Saunders conspires with Max to keep Merelli's "death" a secret, so Max dons Merelli's costume and blackface makeup (remember, this is the 1930s), then takes the stage in his place. The alternative is to tell the truth then refund everyone's money, a fiscal disaster that Saunders refuses to contemplate.After everyone leaves for the theater, Merelli awakens and, realizing he is late, also dons an identical costume before hustling off to the performance hall. But he is turned away at the door by police, while inside Max has spectacular success as the faux Merelli in "Otello."Now all that's needed is for Max to turn back into Max, then wait until morning to report Merelli's death. Of course, it doesn't help matters that Merelli's body seems to have vanished from the hotel suite while Max was on stage.Eventually, both men end up back at the hotel, still in costume. They are repeatedly mistaken for one another, which leads to that very funny scene where Maggie seduces Max thinking he Gucci Iphone 7 Plus Case
comedy quite well.Theatre Harrisburg's current production of Ludwig's farce, despite a few rough edges, does a nice job of exploiting the humor inherent Miu Miu Knock Off Glitter Sunglasses in a situation that brings together a world famous Italian tenor, his combative wife, a blowhard opera manager, a lascivious soprano, one harried assistant and a fling seeking young woman.Throw in an overdose of tranquilizers, stir it with some high anxiety, mistaken identities, an operatic aria and a fair number of door slamming entrances and exits, and you have a winning formula for a high brow take on low brow farce.Ludwig, a York County native who has gone on to create several other Broadway hits, including "Moon Over Buffalo" and "Crazy for You," composed several hilarious sequences in "Lend Me a Tenor." The Theatre Harrisburg cast assembled by director David Olmsted, aided by a spacious set, attack these with gusto.The funniest is a sequence where two men in identical "Otello" costumes are simultaneously being seduced by two women in different rooms of a hotel suite. Both think they are with the famous opera star, but only one actually is.There's also a touchingly amusing scene early on when the famous tenor, Tito Merelli (played by Anthony Ariano), gives a singing lesson to the harried assistant, a gifted amateur singer named Max (Brandon Rubinic). This involves both of them running around the room, gesticulating wildly.Theatre Harrisburg's production of "Lend Me a Tenor," which continues through Feb. 23, is generally well executed, Gucci Bag Butterfly
is Merelli in the living room of the suite, while sexy soprano Diana (Angela Ruediger) has her way with the real Merelli in the adjoining bedroom.From there on, things get really harum scarum as the door slamming, discarded clothing and lies pile up in classic farce fashion. Max and Saunders try to keep a lid on things, while a very confused Merelli isn't sure whether he actually performed that night or not.Complicating the conspiracy is the sudden return of Maria, who has decided she can't live without her husband, and the random appearances of opera board chairwoman Julia (Carole M. Olmsted), who wears a silver dress that makes her look, as Saunders puts it, "like the Chrysler Building."
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