Opening night for any performance is filled with excitement and anxiety. A play about the opening night of a performance is a beautiful insight to the crazy that surrounds it. Especially if it’s Verdi’s Otello, the tenor is an Italian superstar, and there’s a catastrophe. Set in 1934, Otello is the saving grace for the Cleveland Grand Opera. However, everything doesn’t turn out the way it should. How can it when there’s an angry wife, the starstruck girlfriend, the bombshell starlet, the nosey bellhop, the diva president of the Opera, and the anxious General Manager and his assistant – the true underdog and secret talent. That’s the perfect and delicious recipe for mayhem! And where there is mayhem, hilarity ensues.
Ken Ludwig’s comedy, under the skillful direction of Erik Niellsen, has three essential characteristics that makes this successful: precise comedic timing, physicality, and a talented ensemble. Also, what makes this show enjoyable is the comraderie and trust between the actors. It oozed off the stage and infected opening night’s audience.
Fun fact: Ludwig wrote a sequel called A Comedy of Tenors.
Running for two more weekends in the newly renovated parish hall:
Maggie’s Little Theatre
St. Margaret Parish Hall
66-05 79th Place
(between Metropolitan Ave. and Juniper Valley Rd.)
Middle Village, NY 11379
Friday, March 4 at 8:00 pm;
Sunday, March 6 at 2:30 pm;
Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 pm;
Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 pm
Click HERE to reserve tickets.