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Weekend: ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

KEDRYN CARPENTER, Ed Griswold, Linda England and George Rustemeyer (left to right) all star in Fort Findlay Playhouse's production of "Moon Over Buffalo," being performed July 17-20 and 24-26 at the playhouse. (Photo by Nick Moore for The Courier)

KEDRYN CARPENTER, Ed Griswold, Linda England and George Rustemeyer (left to right) all star in Fort Findlay Playhouse’s production of “Moon Over Buffalo,” being performed July 17-20 and 24-26 at the playhouse. (Photo by Nick Moore for The Courier)

Fort Findlay Playhouse’s 2014-15 season is kicking off with the comedy/farce “Moon Over Buffalo,” written by Ken Ludwig.
In the madcap comedy tradition of “Lend me a Tenor,” the hilarious “Moon Over Buffalo” centers on George and Charlotte Hay (George Rustemeyer and Linda England), fading stars of the 1950s.
At the moment, they’re playing “Private Lives” and “Cyrano De Bergerac” in repertory in Buffalo, New York, with five actors.
On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingenue, 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, due to a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiance Howard (Ed Griswold), hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, and Charlotte’s deaf mother, Ethel (Shirley Nebergall) who hates every bone in George’s body.
Others adding to the “everything that could go wrong” equation are their daughter, Rosalind (Kedryn Carpenter); the stage manager, Paul (Pete Rose); the emotional actress of the company, Eileen (Lori Foster) and George and Charlotte’s lawyer, Richard (J Ladd).
Directed by Jim Toth and produced by Barb Pace, “Moon Over Buffalo” will run July 17-20 & 24-26.
Tickets for the general public are $12. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Arts Partnership box office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 419-422-4624 or going directly to the Arts Partnership, located at 619 S. Main St.
Moon Over Buffalo is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

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