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Farce yourself not to miss this show

‘Lend Me A Tenor’ opens in Clarkesville

POSTED: March 1, 2012 12:30 a.m.

If the winter doldrums have you down, Habersham Community Theatre has the antidote this weekend as it opens the hilarious adult-situation farce "Lend Me A Tenor."

"Lend Me A Tenor" runs March 1-3 and 8-10 at the Habersham Community Theatre, 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

Author, Ken Ludwig, is well-known for his farces and this one is no exception.

The city of Cleveland, Ohio, is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Tito Merilli, the world-renown Italian tenor (played by Chris Parker), who is due to launch the opening of the 1934 opera season with his fabulous version of "Otello."

But, as you might expect with a farce, whatever can go wrong does go wrong. Merrelli ends up having a fight with his wife (Carmen Adams) and taking an apparent overdose of sleeping pills.

So the opera company manager (Steve Grizzard) and his "all-purpose dogsbody Max" (Justin Dudkiewicz) are left to pull off the show without anyone knowing they actually aren't seeing the famous tenor.

All the ingredients for a perfect farce are in place: One door opens as another closes, people appear and disappear (sometimes pursued by the police), language difficulties arise with unexpected complications and, in general, confusion reigns supreme.

In the midst of chaos, romance blossoms — or tries to — and various romantic entanglements ensue.

The opera's soprano (Barbara Grizzard) is out to ensnare anyone who can help her climb to the top. The manager's daughter (Michelle Wallace) is trying to arrange some time alone with Merrelli while keeping her boyfriend, Max, out of the loop.

The hotel bellhop (Patrick Scheib) is equally enchanted with Merrelli and the head of the Opera Guild (Stephanie Santos) is willing to offer Merrelli anything just to have him attend the reception after the event.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets, visit www.habershamtheater.org or call 706-839-1315.

 



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