WITH AUDACIOUS HUMOR AND BOLD INVENTIVENESS, AARON POSNER TAKES THE MERCHANT OF VENICE FROM ITS SHAKESPEAREAN SETTING TO POST-CIVIL WAR WASHINGTON, D.C., WITH HINTS AT LIFE IN AMERICA TODAY. IN THE COMPLEX AND CONTRADICTORY WORLDS OF BLACKS, WHITES, JEWS AND CHRISTIANS, MONEY CHANGES HANDS WITH DANGEROUSLY HIGH STAKES, PHILANTHROPIC ACTS MASK BLATANT OPPORTUNISM AND WOULD-BE LOVERS HIDE—AND THEN UNCOVER—THEIR DIFFERENCES. WHILE LOVE GETS A CHANCE, DOES HOPE REMAIN FOR A JUST AND KIND TOMORROW?
Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. It was directed on Broadway by Jerry Zaks, and in London by David Gilmore.
“A REMARKABLE PIECE OF THEATRE… A MASTERPIECE… AUTHOR KEN LUDWIG HAS VERVE, A SOUND GRASP OF PLOT MECHANICS AND A RARE ABILITY TO COUPLE HIGH ART WITH LOW COMEDY.” - THE LONDON TIMES
“ONE OF TWO GREAT FARCES BY A LIVING WRITER.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"KEN LUDWIG'S 1989 TONY-WINNING COMEDY IS ONE OF ONLY TWO CLASSIC FARCES BY A LIVING PLAYWRIGHT, THE OTHER BEING MICHAEL FRAYN'S FRENETIC NOISES OFF” - NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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