Fun new dinner theater comedy opens

By Alexa Hamilton

The menu for a new dinner theater offered by Mountain Theatre Alliance this month is a fast-paced riot of a farce, “Lend Me a Tenor,” written by Ken Ludwig. On Broadway it received three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. In 2010 it won another Tony as Best Revival of a Broadway play. See it right here on the mountain, complete with a delicious dinner at the Condor Room in the Pine Mountain Clubhouse. All are welcome.

As the story opens in 1934 at Cleveland’s finest hotel, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is waiting to welcome world-famous Tito Morelli, a.k.a. “Il Stupendo,” the greatest tenor of his generation. Il Stupendo will appear for a one-night-only gala presentation.

Comedic chaos erupts when hilarious mishaps cause the star and his diva wife to miss the performance. The manager’s aide, Max, is forced to double as “Il Stupendo.”

In the tradition of great screwball farce, amid a riot of laughs, it all turns out well in the end…or does it?

David Stenstrom is “Il Stupendo,” a role tailor-made for his comic genius. The talented cast includes Cam Acosta, Jill Hackett, David Mack, Beans Morocco, Bridget Rago, Dale Sheldon and Janine Tominaga.

Bill Fair has the director’s reins, with Kat Fair producing.

The Bistro on the Greens offers a choice of three entrees, all with a fresh salad and a tasty dessert at intermission.

Dinner and show dates are November 14, 15, 21 and 22, with dinner at 6 p.m. and curtain at 7 p.m. Two shows are offered on Sunday, Nov. 17: the 1 p.m. play-only matinee and a 4:30 p.m. dinner show with curtain at 5:30 p.m.

Hurry to reserve your tickets (661-242-3788) at the PMC office. Dinner theater tickets are $30 per person; play-only matinee is $15. More information is available at the Mountain Theatre Alliance hotline (661-242-6904).

This is part of the November 8, 2013 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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