Tuesday, January 6, 2015

review - LEND ME A TENOR - Hale Centre Theatre

Danny Karapetian and Stephen Serna
"Ken Ludwig's hilarious farce Lend Me a Tenor is a favorite of regional theatres due to the play's tightly constructed plot, larger than life characters, and the belly laughs the door-slamming incidents deliver. Hale Centre Theatre's production features a well-equipped cast, tight direction, and impressive creative elements.  

Leading the charge is Danny Karapetian as Max. Karapetian has the right demeanor for the nervous Max— with his soft voice, fidgeting hands, and tense nature, he assuredly brings the meek character to life. As Tito, Stephen Serna expertly portrays the larger than life opera star with a lovable vibrancy. Serna brings a sweetness to the part that is touching and his confused facial expressions and body language when things start to get crazy are hilarious.

Combining a great plot, fun characters, and zany situations, Lend Me a Tenor is a gem of a play. Exact precision and exaggerated characters are two of the most important elements of a successful farce and the Hale Centre Theatre production has excellent direction and a more than capable cast to provide plenty of laughs in this well written comedy." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

photo: Nick Woodward-Shaw

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