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Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig
April 23, 2016, at 6:00 pm

Spotlight Playhouse Special Programs presents our monthly play reading event, this time with Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig. The reading will be held April 23, 2016, at 6:00 pm.


In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York, with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body. (Synopsis from Samuel French.)


“Ken Ludwig is one of those rare contemporary playwrights who thinks in terms of old-fashioned knockabout farce, and that’s something to be cherished.”
New York Times

“Moon Over Buffalo is hilarious! Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags and neat sense of absurdity. An evening of farcical delight. Go and enjoy!”
Clive Barnes, New York Post

“The funniest show in New York … The comedy has audiences rolling in the aisles. The second act has a show-within-a-show spoof of Private Lives with everybody in the wrong costumes reading the wrong lines. This has to be one of the most hysterical things ever put onstage. I have seen Moon Over Buffalo three times! I expect you to see it once.”
Liz Smith, New York Post

“Comedy Triumphant. A completely side-splitting joy. Just go by 45th Street around 8 o’clock and you’ll hear the theatre rollicking.”


The reading will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 6:00 pm to aaround 10:00 pm at a smoke-free home in East Hampstead, NH (address will be sent to those who make reservations). As is tradition, our play readings are pot luck, so please bring something to share.

Scripts are $11 for members and $13 for nonmembers. Reservations and payments for scripts can be made at Eventbrite or by clicking on the ticket to the right.

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The reservation deadline for this reading is April 14, 2016.

If you have any questions, or if you already have a script and would like to attend, please email the special programs director at specialprograms@spotlightplayhouse.org. Scripts will be dispersed at the time of the reading.

It’s going to be a fun night, so don’t miss out!


Jeff Collard
Special Programs Director