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REVIEW: Comedy Ensemble Delivers Madcap Humor in Delightful Play

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Joshua Tree, Ca.,- Run…don’t walk to the next showing of “Moon over Buffalo,” by playwright Ken Ludwig, beginning April 4th-April 19, 2014, at the Hi Desert Cultural Center.

Comedy is the most difficult to perform because of the demanding attention of timing needed to hit the mark with perfect tempo.  This large talented local cast pulls it off seamlessly with non-stop laughter from the beginning to the end of the 1 hour 45 minute play that passes quickly leaving you wanting more.

Both acts take place in the Green Room with zany chaos that keeps the audience laughing as each character passes through center stage. Never missing a beat, there are three doors leading to and from this Green Room…actually four if you count the closet.  To anyone that appreciates the authentic sound effect of a solid door slam, this realistic sound provided by props add to punctuate the mood of the play while the comedic dialog unfolds in perfect tempo delivering continuous laughter.  The cast was having fun and made this seem easy to pull off  because of their past acting experience and genuine talents directed by the award-winning Wendy Cohen and co-directed by Marge Doyle.

The audience was captivated by the twists and turns of the three generation “show biz” family of George and Charlotte Hay, their daughter Ros trying to leave the “biz” for a “normal life” and the scene grabber, Granny Ethel, who is hard of hearing. Adding to this family feast of comedy are the most important side dishes of characters which are too important to leave off this comedy menu. Not wanting to spoil your experience if you have never seen “Moon over Buffalo,” I will leave the rest for you to discover on your own.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

APRIL 4-19, 2014 Fridays @ 7pm Saturdays @ 7pm Sat Matinee Apr 12 @ 2pm Tickets – $15/$20 – See more at: http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/60785#sthash.egnmdZ75.dpuf

Complimentary coffee, tea and water are provided in the lobby prior to the performance and during the 15 minute intermission following Act One.  Show times are Friday/Saturday @7PM, with one matinee on Saturday April 12th at 2PM. Ticket prices are $15-$20 and may be purchased online at this link>www.HiDesertCulturalCenter.com or call their box office at 760.366.3777.

Moon Over Buffalo PRESS PIC 1

L-R, Analisa Pilecki, Scott Cutler, Joy Groves, Howard Cohen, Wendy Cohen, Dave Jessup, Hanna Mohn and Richie Sande.

Cast and Crew: Analisa Pilecli (Ros), Howard Cohen (George), Dave Jessup (Richard Maynard), Wendy Cohen (Charlotte/Co-Director), Joy Groves (Ethel), Marge Doyle (Co-Director), Scott Cutler (Paul), Richie Sande (Howard), Hanna Mohn ( Eileen), Heather Anderson (Stage Manager), Becky Renish (Production Assistant). Be sure to keep your program as a souvenir of this All-star cast!

On page four, there is an update from the Hi Desert Cultural Center on their current project to rebuild the iconic playhouse. Standing independent as a self-sustaining non-profit 501(c)(3), this organization receives no financial assistance, or otherwise, from any municipality and sets the record straight on some misinformation on funding they have received and where it was spent. I will cover this in another post.

Readers, please note that I am not employed by this theater and received no compensation for this review.  My purchase of my own ticket was the least I could do to support the Hi Desert Cultural Center.

In a world filled with violence and strife, it is wonderful to have this quality of entertainment in our community to whisk us away to another world filled with beautiful music and, in this case, almost two hours of laughter…it’s just what the doctor ordered!






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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

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