A play filled with big laughs

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April 24th, 2012

Omaha, NE – A comedic story filled with confusion and chaos is now showing at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

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Who’s the tenor? Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek and Joe Dignoti two actors in “Lend me a tenor.” (Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse)

Lend Me a Tenor is a farce comedy now playing at the Omaha Community Playhouse. This story is about a tenth anniversary celebration for the Cleveland Opera set in 1934.

The opera’s producer hires the famous and extremely talented tenor “Tito Merelli” to headline the celebration, but when he arrives, he’s not feeling well and some mishaps cause him to become over-drugged. “Max,” played by Omaha Community Playhouse’s Anthony Clark-Kaczmarez, has to pretend to be a tenor to fill in for him, causing even more laughable situations.

“There’s a whole of door slamming and mistaken identities, and it’s very broad humor. Very physical, pratfalls, and wine bottles getting thrown, a lot of craziness. So, it’s a lot of fun,” Clark-Kaczmarez said.

Clark-Kaczmarez said, in order to keep the audience engaged, it’s important for him and the other actors to deliver the short, fast, and often repetitive lines in the play accurately and on time, to create just the right rhythm.

“To lose that rhythm makes the audience worry or gives them a sense of awkwardness and they may not respond. Part of the fun of a comedy is that audience response, that big laugh, or the chuckle, or just their response…,” Clark-Kaczmarez said.

Those big laughs will come during the show, Clark-Kaczmarez said, as his tenor performance is just about as unlikely as it would be off-stage – where he’s not much of a singer.

“If you’re looking for a big laugh…Lend me a Tenor will make you laugh and for many people it will make you laugh non-stop,” he said.

Lend Me a Tenor is now playing through May 6th at the Omaha Community Playhouse in central Omaha.

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