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‘Moon Over Buffalo’ to take stage in Luverne

LUVERNE -- The Green Earth Players' production "Moon Over Buffalo," a comedy written by Ken Ludwig, will be performed the next two weekends at the Historic Palace Theatre.

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Casey McKenzie and Anissa Hanson of the Green Earth Players rehearse a scene from ‘Moon Over Buffalo.’ The play opens this Friday night at The Palace in Luverne. Jesse Trelstad/Daily Globe

LUVERNE - The Green Earth Players’ production “Moon Over Buffalo,” a comedy written by Ken Ludwig, will be performed the next two weekends at the Historic Palace Theatre.

The play, under the direction of Carol Ceynowa, is being staged as part of a celebration of the Palace’s 100th birthday. “Moon Over Buffalo” originally opened in October 1995 in New York, and it marked actress/comedienne Carol Burnett’s return to Broadway after 30 years.
“Moon Over Buffalo, ” which is set in 1953 in Buffalo, N.Y., focuses on George and Charlotte Hay, a pair of fading stars who are performing “Private Lives” and “Cyrano de Bergerac” in a repertory theater. The marriage appears on the verge of collapse after George’s dalliance with a young ingenue, but the couple then receives word that they may have one last shot at stardom.
“Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiance 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,” explained Ceynowa in notes emailed to the Daily Globe.
Casey McKenzie and Terri Ebert are cast as George and Charlotte, respectively. Other cast members include D.J. Luethje (Ethel), Anissa Hanson (Rosalind), Tony Oakley (Howard), Katie Walgrave (Eileen), Nathan Sparks (Paul), Jim Bartels (Richard/soldier), and Tim Ceynowa, Carol Ceynowa, LaDonna Iveland and David Vis (soldiers).
In marking the Palace Theatre’s 100 birthday, Carol Ceynowa noted that the show features a little bit of theatre memorabilia.
“‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ costumes were made out of the old Palace Theatre’s gold curtains,” she explained. “While I was making them, I kept thinking about how many performances they have opened and closed for in the Palace. The fainting couch and the makeup stool are both from Herman and Maude Jochims’ upstairs Palace Theatre apartment.”
Ceynowa brings no shortage of theatre experience to the production. She grew up attending Guthrie Theatre performances in Minneapolis, and later attended a workshop for theatre directors there and sang on its stage. This is her seventh production for Green Earth Players in the Palace Theatre, and the 23rd she has directed.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday (and on March 20) and Saturday (as well as March 21) and 2 p.m. Sunday (along with March 22). Tickets are available at the Carnegie Cultural Center, (507) 283-8294.

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