Fauquier Community Theatre Moon Over BuffaloBy Laura & Mike Clark • Mar 9th, 2009 • Category: Reviews
Fauquier Community Theatre
Fauquier Community Theatre, Warrenton, VA
$14/$12 Students and Seniors
Playing through March 22nd
Reviewed March 6, 2009
Moon Over Buffalo is a comedy by Ken Ludwig. George and Charlotte Hay have unwillingly come to the twilight of their theatrical careers in a quaint Buffalo theater. Currently the company is performing Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives in repertory. After learning that the famous Hollywood director, Frank Capra, is coming to give George and Charlotte one final shot at stardom, miscommunication ensues and the hilarity begins.
This was an entertaining farce, although the flow of the humor never quite made it to an ongoing, sustained stream of hilarity. There were some pacing issues, such as some of the door slamming scenes, which occasionally interrupted the flow of the happenings on stage. There may have been some opening night jitters, as the cast lost two nights of rehearsal due to the snow earlier in the week. The physical comedy was fairly well choreographed, although a few of the various stage slaps didn’t connect at all.
Greg Powell brought a lot of energy to the role of George Hay through his determination and dedication to the role of Cyrano. Powell allowed us to see the two different characterizations of George Hay the person, and George Hay playing Cyrano. George’s wife Charlotte Hay, played by Lori Muhlstein, was a polar opposite to George. Muhlstein appeared much more high strung and always seemed on the verge of a melt down, yet Muhlstein allowed the audience to feel sympathy for her as the wronged woman.
George and Charlotte’s daughter Rosalind, was played by the down to earth McCall Noelle Doyle. Doyle was intent on staying out of show business, but when called upon she rose to the challenge with much grace and enthusiasm. Rosalind’s ex-boyfriend (and real life husband) Paul was played by Brian Doyle. As Paul, Doyle appeared uptight during most of the show. His physical comedy bits were believable, such as the rekindling of his relationship with Rosalind.
Moon Over Buffalo takes place mostly backstage of a Buffalo theater. The set was designed by Tom Bohacek, with set decoration and dressing by Gail Gilbert. Kevin Kirby‘s special effects were also executed well.
Moon Over Buffalo ran two hours with one intermission. It is playing through Sunday March 22. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm at the Fauquier Community Theatre in Warrenton, Virginia. This farce was enjoyable and will make you laugh.
And now, on with the show.
- Ethel: Patty McCoart
- Rosalind Hay: McCall Noelle Doyle
- Howard: Keving Kirby
- George Hay: Greg Powell
- Charlotte Hay: Lori Muhlstein
- Eileen: Brittany Warman
- Paul: Brian Doyle
- Richard Maynard: Jay Bolling
- Producer/Director: Ted Ballard
- Stage Manager: Sallie Willows
- Set Designer: Tom Bohacek
- Set Construction: Ted Ballard, Tom Bohacek
- Set Painting: Ted Ballard, Tom Bohacek, Paul Ballard
- Set Decoration/Dressing: Gail Gilbert
- Properties: Erin DeCaprio
- Light Design: Morgan Sexton, Christie Swaney
- Light Board: Evelyn Rice
- Sound Design: Anna Hawkins
- Sound Board: Anna Hawkins, Yeeman Kitzerow
- Special Effects: Kevin Kirby
- Costumes: Susan Noe, Teena Stevic
- Combat Choreography: Kevin Robertson
- Programs: Evelyn Rice
- Publicity: Sally Zatkoff
- Posters: Paul Ballard
- Photography: McCall Noelle Doyle
- Box Office: Dee Faulconer
- Tickets: Debbie Carter
- Opening Night Reception: Laurie Bersack
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.