‘Tenor’ enters closing weekend

Photo courtesy Doug Chapin Jaclyn Juola and Samuel Damare star in “Lend Me a Tenor,” playing at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts through Saturday.

Photo courtesy Doug Chapin
Jaclyn Juola and Samuel Damare star in “Lend Me a Tenor,” playing at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts through Saturday.

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Thingamajig Theatre Company’s laugh-a-minute comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor,” closes this weekend with performances tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

The New York Times calls “Tenor,” “One of two great farces by a living writer,” and The London Times added that “Tenor” is, “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.”

“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.

Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig, directed by Ryan Hazelbaker. Rated PG-13, “Tenor” is showing at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts through Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.

For tickets, visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).

This story was posted on January 31, 2015.