If you want to see a show that will make your sides hurt from laughter, then make your way over to Kirkwood Theatre Guild this weekend for a hilarious, laugh-out-loud performance of Lend Me A Tenor by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig.
Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.
Right from the start, this show carried with it non-stop action and laughs. The actors in this show performed their roles with pure perfection and comedic timing. Todd Macali played the star of the show, Max, and fit the role wonderfully. His quirkiness and his nervous ticks really made the role and brought the character to life. Tim Callahan was Tito Morelli, the world-famous Tenor, and paired with Macali’s portrayal of Max was a match made in theatre heaven.
While the entire cast was phenomenal, the character that really stood out to me was also one of the smallest. Isaac Weaver was the Bellhop. And his expertly timed humor was just what the show needed. He turned his little role into one that will remain in my laughter for years to come.
The show was directed by Nancy Crouse and the Set Design and Decoration was by Crouse and Judi H. Lowe. This is one of those shows that requires precision and perfect timing. With Crouse and Lowe’s brilliantly designed set, complete with six doors, facilitated the rhythm of the show.
So if you’re available to see a show this weekend, definitely add it to your list! It’s definitely one that you don’t want to miss. Remaining performance dates are Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm.