Beck Center’s "Lend Me a Tenor" offers uninterrupted laughter.
March 29, 2015 - accent chair
LAKEWOOD, OHIO – Scott Spence, does it again! Is there anything this gifted executive can’t do? Lend Me a Tenor, a crazy classical farce, is his stream present to Cleveland museum audiences. Not usually is a uncover ideally cast, a elementary set of a hotel apartment in 1934 Cleveland is artistic Art Deco. The two-room set has a sitting room on a left and a bedroom on a right with a core ‘stage wall’ dividing a dual rooms. Throughout a play, a assembly can see into both bedrooms during a same time. Congrats to Scenic Designer, Don McBride, and his organisation for a rarely stretchable and effective set.
The play starts with Henry Saunders, a pompous, unequivocally biting ubiquitous manager of a Cleveland Grand Opera Company. He and his nerdy, concerned assistant, Max, anxiously wait a unequivocally late attainment of universe famous, Tito Merelli, a biggest effort of his generation, who is to seem for one night usually to sing a lead purpose in Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello. This is to be a biggest eventuality in Cleveland Opera’s story with a sellout throng and a members of a Cleveland Opera Guild are all in assemblage to see a good Merelli.
The luminary and his flamboyant, unequivocally Italian wife, finally arrive with good play and panache. Through a waggish array of mishaps, mistaken identities, misunderstandings, churned signals and lots of slamming doors, a assembly is treated to flattering many uninterrupted laughter. When a good thespian goes missing, Saunders, a manager creates a raging try to deliver a evening. Saunders persuades Max (who progressing confessed that he is an determined uncover thespian and knows a whole uncover by heart) to get into Merelli’s Otello dress (with blackface) and dope a assembly into meditative he’s a good Merelli. Chaos of operatic proportions ensues! Does Max lift off a ruse? You will have to see a uncover to find out.
Scot Esposito is superb as Max a concerned partner and after proves to have an implausible operatic voice. John J. Polk is smashing as a loud, blowhard manager who is some-more meddlesome in his saving his possess skin than anything else. The consultant smoothness and timing between these dual professionals is apparent from a impulse they step onto a theatre and they facilely lift it by a whole show.
Matthew Wright plays a mythological Tito Merelli. Although a whole expel is unequivocally strong, Wright shines a brightest with his farfetched Italian accent to his implausible comedic time and ideal delivery. And on tip of it all, this man can unequivocally sing! It contingency have been unequivocally formidable for a executive to find dual masculine leads that were equally gifted in comedic behaving and uncover singing.
Lissy Gulick is pleasant as Julia, a Chair of a Opera Guild, in a tactless china dress. Her ideally biting giggle is suggestive of cinema from days left by. Maggie, Max’s partner and Saunders’ daughter, is convincingly played by Emily Pucell Czarnota as a immature ingénue who is watchful for her initial regretful fling.
Carla Petroski as Tito’s mother Maria creates we wish her purpose was incomparable since of her waggish interactions with Morelli. The bellhop, played by Zac Hudak, creates a many out of tiny partial with off-key singing and excitable timing. Leslie Andrews as Diana, a lead soprano, attempts to “fling her way” to a tip seductively and expertly.
The play ends in a waggish triple-time “recap” of a whole uncover that brought a sold-out assembly to their feet for a station ovation. Don’t skip this dusk of delight and only stupid fun!
Lend Me a Tenor runs by Apr 26, 2015 on a Mackey Main Stage 17801 Detroit Rd., Lakewood. OH. You many squeeze tickets online during www.beckcenter.org or call 216-521-2540 x10. Dates and times vary. This is a beautifully assembled play guaranteed to make we laugh.