Cayman Drama Society’s newest production, Moon over Buffalo, directed by Peter Kosa, is a welcome opportunity to inject some humour into this busy and sometimes stressful season.
Mr. Kosa heard of it from Dori Stayton, who directed the Drama Society’s production of Annie last year. ‘I loved it and thought it would be good for the times,’ he said.
Written by American playwright Ken Ludwig, it’s a fast-paced comedy set in the 1950s. A press release from the Drama Society describes the play as a cross between Waiting for Guffman and Noises Off.
Malcolm Ellis and Sue Howe play the lead roles of George and Charlotte Hay, a couple down on their luck and past their prime as former stars of stage and screen.
‘They peaked in the 1940s and now travel around,’ Mr. Kosa said. ‘The play is about aspirations and hopes. Their big break comes when director Frank Capra comes to see their play, and then everything conspires against them.
Another source of humour unfolds as the audience realises that the cast don’t actually know what play they are putting on – they oscillate between Noel Coward comedy Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac, a stage play written in 1897 loosely based on the playwright’s life.
Also in the cast are Drama Society alumni Adam Roberts, Eric Stachelski, Ashley O’Neill and Mary Anne Kosa. New to the Society are Kristina Horacek and esteemed Cayman National Cultural Foundation actor Michael McLaughlin.
Mr. Kosa described the cast of eight as his ‘dream cast’.
‘If I could hand-select anyone who has been in the Cayman Islands in the past 20 years and have them in this play, I would have chosen these eight,’ he said. ‘They’re sharp, fast, funny, cooperative, energetic actors who really love the theatre.’
The show is being staged similarly to the style of a musical sitcom, with musical segues between scenes that conjure memories of I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners, Mr. Kosa added.
Helping out behind the scenes are Helen Godfrey and Doug Marnoch on lighting design and control, Mary Anne Kosa and Philippa Clark in producing roles, Violetta Kanarak in costume design and make-up artist Jimmie DeLoach, who boasts an impressive resume with more than 25 years of working in stage and film in the US, providing airbrush make-up alongside Marjorie Godfrey.
Describing the show as a ‘PG-13’ play, Mr. Kosa encourages families to come out, stressing that any use of language or unsuitable material is minimal. He added that for those who have not visited the theatre in a while, they will be in for a treat.
‘We’ve had the theatre re-upholstered, the lobby re-decorated and pre-ordered drinks are now available at the intermission,’ he said.
The show will play Thursdays through Saturdays from 26 November to 12 December at the Prospect Playhouse in Red Bay. Tickets are $20 and show starts at 7.30pm and runs for approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission.
Call 949-5054 or visit caymandrama.org.ky for information and tickets.