Moon Over Buffalo

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From left: Slotoroff, Quiroga, Clement and Foytak

If you want to see what the concept of madcap comedy is all about, go to a performance of Moon Over Buffalo at Coral Springs' Stage Door Theatre.

The play originally marked Carol Burnett's triumphant return to Broadway after 30 years, for which she received a Tony nomination in 1995. In London her role has been played the vixen Joan Collins.

Here at the Stage Door Theatre the role of Charlotte is played by Michelle Foytak, originally from Orlando. Her on-stage husband George is played by Ken Clement, winner of a Carbonell award and a Silver Palm award. TV audiences will likely be familiar with him, as he has appeared recently on such hit shows as Burn Notice and The Glades.

Describing an actor's performance as over-the-top is usually a negative, but in this case Clement takes over-the-top to stellar heights. His recitations dressed as the long-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac are priceless, as are his invocations of Shakespeare.

Throughout the play his timing is impeccable, and this is matched by the other seven members of the cast, who enter and depart through various doors with split-second precision. The set design by David Torres is fantastic, and just what one would expect the backstage of an old theatre in Buffalo to look like.

Edward Miskie in his role as HowardEdward Miskie in his role as HowardAs in all mad-cap comedies, the plot is too convoluted to describe. Suffice it to say that George and Charlotte are battling spouses who are trying to make the transition from seedy theatre productions to the glamour of Hollywood films. In their efforts they are helped by manager Paul, played by Andy Quiroga and daughter Roz, played by Susan Slotoroff. To complicate matters Roz has fallen in love with a tall, handsome hunk played by Edward Miskie, even though Paul is still very much in love with her.

Rounding out this great ensemble cast is Jessica Carmen, the ditzy blonde who finds she is pregnant by one of the cast; Glen Lawrence, who brings 50 years of theatre experience to his role as a lawyer in love with Charlotte; and Miki Edelman as the loveable but deaf mother of George.

With excellent costumes by Peter Lovello and tight direction by Michael Leeds, Moon Over Buffalo is a delight.

The play continues at the Stage Door Theatre until October 6, 2013. Visit their website to order tickets: www.stagedoortheatre.com

Clifford Cunningham

Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist currently affiliated with the National Astronomical Research Institute. He did his PhD work in the history of astronomy at James Cook University, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. He is the author of 12 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honour by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1990.

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