A play filled with big laughs
April 24th, 2012
Omaha, NE – A comedic story filled with confusion and chaos is now showing at the 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 operaâ€™s producer hires the famous and extremely talented tenor â€œTito Merelliâ€ to headline the celebration, but when he arrives, heâ€™s not feeling well and some mishaps cause him to become over-drugged. â€œMax,â€ played by Omaha Community Playhouseâ€™s Anthony Clark-Kaczmarez, has to pretend to be a tenor to fill in for him, causing even more laughable situations.
â€œThereâ€™s a whole of door slamming and mistaken identities, and itâ€™s very broad humor. Very physical, pratfalls, and wine bottles getting thrown, a lot of craziness. So, itâ€™s a lot of fun,â€ Clark-Kaczmarez said.
Clark-Kaczmarez said, in order to keep the audience engaged, itâ€™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.
â€œTo 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 responseâ€¦,â€ 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 â€“ where heâ€™s not much of a singer.
â€œIf youâ€™re looking for a big laughâ€¦Lend me a Tenor will make you laugh and for many people it will make you laugh non-stop,â€ he said.
Lend Me a Tenor is now playing through May 6th at the Omaha Community Playhouse in central Omaha.
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