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‘A Comedy of Tenors’ at RTC
Join us for a lighthearted trip to Paris
circa 1936. An elegant hotel suite reveals
some charming but very self-absorbed
operatic tenors. Th eir various wives, love
interests, grown children and in-laws create
a riotous mixture of laughter and
lunacy in the very funny farce “A Comedy
Many local favorites reprise their roles
in this comedy sequel by playwright Ken
Ludwig. David Risley returns as good-natured
but oft en overwhelmed opera star
Max. He tries frantically to please his
Hesse returns in
that role, originally
RTC’s 2011 version
of “Lend Me
Titan’s ‘Hamlet’ at Queens Theatre
A VIEW FROM
a Tenor.” Th e
current production has all the slapstick,
door slams, adult suggestive humor we
expect of a well-played bedroom farce.
Fiery Maria (Lynda Browning) masterfully
manipulates anger, aff ection and
glamour as she participates in the show’s
multiple misunderstandings. Poor Robert
Wilkinson plays exhausting dual roles. He
is pompous-but-likable tenor Tito and his
doppelganger, Beppo the bellhop. Lovely
Adele Wendt perfectly plays his daughter,
the not-so-innocent Mimi. Her boyfriend
Carlo (Nathan Reder) needs a solid
jaw to withstand the frequent full-frontal
wallops Mimi delivers. Carlo is a major
victim of the play’s miscommunications.
Completing the many romantic triangles
is local favorite Jodee Timpone as elegant
diva Racon. Dante Rei is “Mike.”
As expected, sets, sound, lights and timing
are impeccable. Praise for co-directors
Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka.
Well-deserved acknowledgments to
producer Susan Jasper, music director
Richard Louis-Pierre, stage manager
Alex Stabiner, set construction supervisor
Anthony Homsey and everyone behind
For information on this and future
productions, visit www.rockawaytheatrecompany.
org, call 718-374-6400 or “like”
them on Facebook. As always, save me a
seat on the aisle.
BY CLIFF KASDEN
is onstage in a
In this latest
is transformed into Shakespeare’s most
infamous character. Th e dark, brooding
story itself refl ects every facet of humankind’s
frailties. It is playing to packed
houses at Queens Th eatre (Flushing
On opening night, Titan Th eatre
Company’s Artistic Director Lenny
Banovez (and managing director Alyssa
van Gorder,) transports this ancient tale
into the 21st century. Scheming, volatile
King Claudius (Michael Selkirk) wears
a modern business suit. Evil, emotional
Queen Gertrude (Annalisa Loeffl er)
is attired in a modern gown and jewels.
Furious Laertes (Andrew Garrett)
brandishes a pistol. Pompous Polonius
(Robert Meksin) sports an expensive
Th e troupe’s skillfulness includes their
numerous intentional anachronisms
and countless Shakespearean phrases.
Notably, Laura Frye as Hamlet glides
from a male’s artifi ce to anger to feigned
madness with outstanding professional
Most of all, it is the cast’s ability to
transform 16th-century English into
relatable situations. Th is is the true mark
of a successful company. Ophelia (Laura
Menzie) rolls her eyes in response to
her father’s endless observations. Titan
journeymen Kevin Stanfa as steadfast,
loyal friend Horatio and Wesley Cady
(Rosencrantz) play easily relevant characters.
T. Stacy Hicks as the player king/
gravedigger adds an unmistakable signature
to his characterizations. Guest artists
Psacoya Guinn, Kelley Kirkley, Anuj
Parikh, Patrick Roache, Dominique Rose,
John St. Croix and Jonathan Smoots ably
complete the ensemble.
Masterful special eff ects include eight
rotatable screens which show wintry exteriors
and bizarre ghostly characterizations.
Compliments to the entire creative
and production teams too numerous to
For information on this and
future productions, click on www.
TITANTh eatreCompany.com or call the
box offi ce at 347-738-5602. As always,
save me a seat on the aisle.
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