Complete with bison, barn and Broadway hits, Hackmatack Playhouse will open its 2018 summer season Friday, June 15, with an hysterically funny farce based in 1934 Cleveland.
The madcap comedy, “Lend Me A Tenor,” has enough screwball humor to have earned it three Tony awards and passionate audiences. The story revolves around the Cleveland Grand Opera Company as it gets ready to welcome the greatest tenor in the world for a one-night performance of "Othello." When the star passes out, another character gets into the Othello costume to fool the audience and save the show. Two Othellos end up running around the stage in costume while two women run around in lingerie, each thinking she is with the real opera star.
Written by Ken Ludwig, this show “is a remarkable piece of theater,” according to the Times of London. And from the New York Times, Lend Me a Tenor is “one of two great farces by a living writer.”
Danica Carlson, who is directing the show, said farce is by far her favorite style of theater.
“I think it takes something very special to be able to pull it off,” said Carlson, who has appeared for the past two summers onstage at Hackmatack, a theater set in a former cow barn and surrounded by a field of bison.
The “sheer talent” of the cast chosen for Hackmtack’s performance of “Lend Me a Tenor” makes her excited to direct the show.
“It’s fast and funny, and every actor we have nails the physical comedy as well as the emotional. element,” said Carlson, resident director at Rochester Opera House who has appeared in more than 275 film, radio, voice-over and live stage performances since she was 5.
Performances of “Lend Me A Tenor” will be at 8 p.m., June 15 and 16; Wednesdays to Saturdays, June 20 to 23, and June 27 to 30. Also there will be matinees at 2 p.m. on Thursdays, June 21 and 28.
Tickets are $30, adults; $25, seniors (65 or older); $20 for seniors (65 or older) for matinees; $15, 20 and under, and are available at www.hackmatack.org.