The world’s a hilarious stage in ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

Will George (Allen Pontes) and Charlotte (Julie Anchor), seated left to right with actress Hazel Johnson standing, get another chance at stardom? Find out in “Moon Over Buffalo,” opening Feb. 23 at Sutter Street Theatre. Phtoo by Allen Schmeltz

Hilarious confusion comes to Sutter Street Theatre with Ken Ludwig’s “Moon over Buffalo.”

In the madcap comedy tradition of “Lend Me a Tenor,” the hilarious “Moon Over Buffalo” centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York, with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

Ludwig stuffs “Moon Over Buffalo” with comic invention, running gags and a neat sense of absurdity.

The play directed by Connie Mockenhaupt opens at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St. in Folsom, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, with a reception following featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. It continues on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through March 17. Tickets are $23 general, $21 seniors, $18 students with an ID card.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (916) 353-1001 or for online ticketing go to SutterStreetTheatre.com.

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