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Broadway comedy comes to North Georgia theater

POSTED: February 20, 2014 1:00 a.m.

The play that brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway after 30 years is making its debut this weekend at Holly Theatre in Dahlonega.

“Moon Over Buffalo” will run from Friday, Feb. 21, through March 9, at 69 W. Main St. in downtown Dahlonega. Showtimes will be 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children and students and are available at www.hollytheater.com.

“People want to come to live theatre to laugh. They want to lose themselves in two hours of hilarious comedy,” director Linda Thompson said. “Seasoned theatergoers will recognize Ken Ludwig’s brand of madcap playwriting: Lots of doors a-slamming, edge-of-cliff panicky anxieties, bickering, screaming, fainting, someone inevitably in a closet, mistaken identities ... but all happily resolved in the end to thunderous applause.”

In the comedy tradition of “Lend me a Tenor,” “Moon Over Buffalo” centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s.

“Moon Over Buffalo” takes the audience back in time to Buffalo, N.Y. in 1953, when regional stage theaters were on the verge of dying, Buffalo is in the midst of a depression and stage acting is being killed by television. But George and Charlotte Hay are determined to hold on and make a go of it by desperately clinging to hopes of being discovered by Hollywood once again.

In the traditional styling of playwrights like William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward, everything that could possibly go wrong, does — made worse by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé, uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing and Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

The cast includes local residents Joel Altherr and Carla Selden playing George and Charlotte Hay, Taylor Cassell as their determined daughter Roz, Sawyer Henderson as the clueless fiancé Howard, Lydia Downey as Ethel the witty mother, Jesse McWhorter as Paul the overworked stage manager, Rachel Glazer as the aspiring actress Eileen, Noah Reichert as the love struck attorney Richard, and Laurin Trudeau Dunleavy as a harassed soldier.

“It’s truly one of the most hilarious scripts and cast I’ve had the pleasure to work with, and it’s going to be a real treat to see on stage,” Thompson said. “It’s the perfect way to spend a night out at the Holly Theatre.”


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