Fifty years after two former Bangor theater groups, the Bangor Savoyards and the Bangor Civic Theatre, merged into one organization, that resulting group — Bangor Community Theatre — is setting the stage for a comeback.
With a newly reinvigorated board of directors, a permanent creative home at the Bangor Grange, and a new mission to provide affordable theater for people of all ages and backgrounds, Bangor Community Theatre is starting its 50th season with a play that’s a love letter to local theater.
“Moon Over Buffalo,” a farce written by Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me A Tenor”), will be staged Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 22-24 at the Bangor Grange. The play, which premiered on Broadway in 1995 in a production starring Carol Burnett, tells the story of George and Charlotte Hay (Blane Shaw and Marty Kelley), two actors performing “Cyrano de Bergerac” and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” with a repertory company in Buffalo, New York, in the 1950s.
George and Charlotte think they are going to get the chance to audition for a Hollywood movie, but everything both backstage and onstage manages to go wrong as they attempt to prepare for the movie’s director to come see their shows.
The director of “Moon Over Buffalo,” Irene Dennis, who is also board president for Bangor Community Theatre, said it’s a play that resonates with the theater group.
“It’s a show within a show, and it’s set in a remote northern city,” Dennis said. “It’s really about the love of theater. And it’s absolutely hilarious.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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