Friday is opening night for the Tracy High School production of the play “Moon Over Buffalo,” a parody that centers on two middle-aged acting has-beens, Charlotte and George Hay.
The script, by playwright Ken Ludwig, is a hilarious take on theater through impassioned, chaotic relationships among a group of shoddy performers. The play’s 10-member cast takes on the role of the zany actors — not a hard feat for most of them.
“Anybody who has any relation to theater will have fun with this play,” said director Titian Lish, who saw “Moon over Buffalo” on Broadway while she lived in New York.
The plot turns complicated when Charlotte learns that George cheated on her with another actress, Eileen. And when Eileen finds she’s pregnant with George’s child, chaos ensues.
“When something doesn’t go George’s way, he get drunk,” said Tracy High senior Bobby Compeau, who will stagger across the stage as the unfaithful troupe leader. “It’s fun to play those roles.”
Tracy High junior Samantha Sanchez plays Charlotte, an outspoken, stubborn actress.
The script intertwines the characters’ drama and humor into a storyline the audience can relate to, said Sanchez.
“Moon over Buffalo” plays Friday and Saturday nights at 7 in Tracy High School’s Emma Baumgardner Theater, 315 E. 11th St.