AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO Quick Review

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO presented Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through Dec. 17. I attended the opening night performance.

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Photo of Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx courtesy of Frank Ferrante Productions.

If you never had a chance to see Groucho Marx perform in person, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is giving you a month of opportunities to see the next best thing: Frank Ferrante.

Once Ferrante dons the iconic greasepaint mustache and eyebrows shortly into the performance, it is easy to forget you are not watching Marx. Personal stories of Groucho and the Marx Brothers are interspersed with classic comedy bits and songs.

Although listed with a run time of 90 minutes, Ferrante’s masterful improvisational skills and quick wit make his interactions with the audience a highlight of the evening – and adds about 30 minutes to the run-time. This, however, is not a complaint. 🙂

With the audience seated on three sides of the stage, there were times when it was hard to hear the dialogue if the actor had his back to your section of the audience. Ferrante could really use a microphone.

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO is laugh-out-loud funny, with the jokes coming at breakneck speed and expertly delivered with great zeal and respect for the comic legend.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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