Barnstormers’ 2013 Summer Season –
Music, Laughter, Romance, Suspense and (lots of) Drama
Special thanks to our Season Sponsor, the MacCabe Family Foundation
The Barnstormers 2013 season is an 8-show menu of hilarious, poignant, mysterious, racy, retro, campy, heartwarming, zany, song-and-dance-filled fare, delicious and filling enough for every taste. Although each show is a entrée into its own world, there are detectable (and delectable) ingredients and spices that run throughout the season.
We open with The Full Monty, an endearing musical in which a group of unemployed steel workers in Buffalo decide they have nothing to lose but their underwear, and nothing to gain but money (lots of it) on a one-night chance to take it off, take it all off. The journey that turns an average bunch of guys into male strippers offering the full monty is filled with high-energy song and dance, new and reawakened love and friendship, and the transformation that happens when you finally are willing to show what you’re made of.
Our next performance revolves around more traditional sex objects—three high-flying 60s air hostesses—in the slapstick comedy Boeing Boeing. Or do the girls do the revolving, around the globe, each stopping over in Paris to visit her fiancé, who just happens to be the same guy? Nice work if you can get it, but sometimes ‘nice work’ turns out to be more than you bargained for . . . a rowdy, hilarious tour de farce.
Up next is a witty demonstration of the term “Capitalist Pig.” Other People’s Money shows us how the rich get richer and how a smart woman gets her man, in more ways than one, by playing to win. It’s a match made in mammon you won’t want to miss.
You are aware of the evils of drink, are you not? If not, you’d better catch the musical Ten Nights in a Barroom which will explain to you in a fine and tuneful way that rum is demon and whiskey’s the devil. You will also learn that fallen women can have a heart of gold and that love conquers all, at least some of the time.
August brings us back to Buffalo for another wild rumpus courtesy of Ken Ludwig, whose Lend me a Tenor and Leading Ladies provoked intense mirth in Barnstormers audiences in 2011 and 2012. Moon Over Buffalo finds its humor in the on and off-stage shenanigans of a couple of aging repertory actors along with their company, family and friends. There will be plays within plays. Doors will be slammed! People will be mistaken for other people! Love will be lost and found, and we will laugh long and loud. “The play is nothing less than a love letter to live theater,” said the Boston Herald.
Most of our plays this season show that love conquers all, at least some of the time. This is true of Steel Magnolias, in which a mixed-age group of southern women share their trials, joys, successes and sorrows with each other, while keeping up their looks with fine hairdos and manicures, and keeping the men in the background.
And how does Agatha Christie manage to keep us sophisticated 21st century folk in the dark? You may think you know who done it in The Unexpected Guest, but you may be wrong . . . Was it the wife or the boy or the mother, or possibly one of the many other suspects who fired the gun that night? Though the truth may be hiding in clues and plain sight, Agatha’s story will saunter and wend; she’ll keep us guessing until the end.
The season closes, as it began, in song. A heart-warming musical, The Spitfire Grill centers on Percy, a young woman just released from prison, who decides to try her luck, or her fate, in the small town of Gilead. Taken on as a waitress by the no-nonsense Hannah, Percy’s relationships with her boss, with the housewife who teaches her to cook, the well-meaning sheriff and others, and the raffle she launches to find a new owner for the Spitfire, slowly awaken the town to a new view of itself, and bring the story, and our 2013 season, to a deeply satisfying conclusion.