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October 24, 2017 : Ohio University Lancaster Theatre’s Moon Over Buffalo Opens November 1

by Kylee Holbrook

moon2Ohio University Lancaster Theatre presents Moon over Buffalo, a comedy by Ken Ludwig, running from November 1 – 5, 2017.

 

Rashaan Holloway, a senior studying Multi-Media Management and actor in the play, urges everyone to attend, “It’s one of the funniest shows to come out of Broadway in the last 20 years, playwright Ken Ludwig is a genius. The characters are colorful, the dialogue is poppy, and Professor Jones, along with all the crew members, have put together one of the most alluring sets I’ve ever seen; it's truly an escape from the daily grind and it provides lots of fun for families, students, teachers, and anyone else who are looking for inspired live entertainment,” he said.

 

moon1Holloway plays Howard, a weatherman who is engaged to Rosalind, the daughter of the play’s protagonist, George. Holloway is excited to play the role saying, “What interested me about the character of Howard was his innocent, loveable nature.  He is a very down-to-earth character and tends to get along with everyone he encounters, but at the same time he can't fully loosen up due to constantly worrying about and wanting acceptance from other people.  I find myself relating to his silly qualities and the levels of depth to his personality, he's truly one of the more amusing, colorful characters of the show.”

 

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. 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 he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie. 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. Moon Over Buffalo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

Moon Over Buffalo being a comedy made it an exciting show for Holloway. He said, ”The  farcical elements make for an extremely fun time to be on stage and is certainly a treat for audience members. This allowed the cast to really challenge their acting abilities all while having fun.”

 

Holloway plans to work in the entertainment business by becoming a producer-director-actor-writer hybrid in Hollywood or among the Indie-circuit, following graduation. He’s extremely proud of his fellow crewmates and thankful for his professor and play’s director Jones for allowing him the opportunity to explore his talents.

 

Performances begin Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. through Sunday, November 5, Tickets are available online at https://commerce.cashnet.com/oul-theatre or at Ohio University Lancaster’s theatre box office (located in the OUL north lobby) staffed Monday through Friday, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., and one hour before shows or call (740) 681-3353.  For more information on the OUL Theatre program, contact A. Victor Jones, Artistic Director and Lecturer of Theatre for Ohio University Lancaster at jonesv2@ohio.edu.