PBS Star Frank Ferrante in AN AFTERNOON WITH GROUCHO
One Afternoon Only: January 18, 2014
Saturday @ 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the madness and music of the one, the only...Groucho…in a one-time performance at BPA on Saturday, January 18. Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity.
The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray For Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Mark Rabe, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. The show is show perfect for all ages.
The New York Times refers to Ferrante’s timing as “digital sharp.” According to the Seattle Times, “Ferrante does for Groucho…what Hal Holbrook does for Mark Twain.” Variety calls Ferrante’s Groucho “A tour de force.”