“An Evening With Groucho” Starring Frank Ferrante Connects With Genuine Laughs
Since there are a lot of people who read this blog from around the nation I post the following as a way to encourage buying a ticket for a most remarkable show if it happens to be playing in your area.
A couple of weeks ago James and I saw one of the most amusing and care-free shows when Frank Ferrante brought his one-man show, An Evening With Groucho, to Madison’s Overture Center.
Everyone knows the humor of the Marx’s brothers, but there is a freshness to the material and a hilarity to the jokes that makes it seem as if you are seeing the routines for the first time. Ferrante becomes Groucho Marx on stage in the opening minutes, and then weaves a musical and comedic narrative that never leaves the audience behind. (That would include the upper balcony!)
Following the performance Ferrante sits center stage and fields questions about every aspect of inquiry the audience has about how the show started, and the personal connections that he has with the Marx family.
We all know there are lots of ways to spend entertainment dollars. But let me be honest and say that connecting with the past legends, and finding joy in how genuine laughs were produced before the days of slick PR firms will be an investment you will not regret. Better yet, take a young person to the show and introduce them to a part of the entertainment world that is as vital and thrilling now as it ever was.
If you have the chance to connect with An Evening With Groucho please do not pass it up.