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Classic American farce comes to the Manchester stage

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Do the cold weather, the bitter politics and the dearth of entertainment get you down?

Millennium Reparatory Company’s production of “Moon Over Buffalo,” running Feb. 17-26, at the Manchester Arts Center offers a cure if laughter is the best medicine.

The play, a situation comedy, mixed with sexual innuendo and slapstick, that includes wrestling, fencing, fast-paced dialogue, bickering, womanizing, jealousy and plenty of confusion is a Ken Ludwig comedy that started on Broadway in 1995, starring Carol Burnett.

The show runs Feb. 17-26, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Manchester Arts Center, 128 E. Main St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students, seniors (65+), and military are available at millenniumrep.org and 931-581-2632.

“Moon Over Buffalo” is a madcap comedy that centers on George and Charlotte Hay (played by Charlie Winton and Kelly Lapczynski), fading stars of the 1950’s theatre.

On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s flirtation with a young actress (played by local actor Anne Black) and Charlotte’s threat to leave with Richard (Jonathan Tucker), a successful and charismatic lawyer, the couple receives word that they might just have one last shot at stardom. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, helped by a visit from their daughter’s (Laurie Burger) clueless fiancé (Allen Kittinger) and uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother (Jeanne Edwards) who hates every bone in George’s body. Paul (David Jernigan), the stage manager for George’s company and Rosalind’s ex-fiancé, plays a significant role in the surprise ending. Warning: this show includes mild language that may be unsuitable for children.