Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hooray for 'Animal Crackers' at Center Stage

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“It’s hard to overstate the genius of the Marx Brothers,” says Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah during rehearsals for Animal Crackers. “This is high-flying, laugh-a-minute lunacy at its best, and I can’t wait to see families and kids of all ages come together to enjoy this remarkable musical comedy.” 
He was right on the money.  This one is a doozey that induces eye-tearing laughter from soup to nuts.  Opening its 51st season, Center Stage brought to its Pearlstone theater stage the old Marx Brothers-led madcap musical comedy Animal Crackers.  The seemingly timeless production with music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby and a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind opened in 1928 towards the end of the vaudevillian era.  When sound pictures were gaining popularity, it was filmed as a movie in 1930.

For full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

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