TLP offers 'night of laughter' with 'Tenor' farce

Savanna native Darren Mangler, left, along with Margot Frank and Colin McGonagle are among the cast members in the Timber Lake Playhouse production of “Lend Me a Tenor,” running now through Sunday, June 26, at the rural Mount Carroll playhouse. Call 815-244-2035 for tickets or online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.

By SAMANTHA PIDDE

Timber Lake Playhouse's “Lend Me a Tenor” is a fun little farce with great comedic timing and rhythm.

Directed by TLP Executive Director Dan Danielowski, Ken Ludwig's “Lend Me a Tenor” tells a sweet and funny story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity and love. The TLP cast shines in this production.

Performer Colin McGonagle is sweet and adorable as the overlooked Max. Watching as he crows more confident in the show is truly wonderful.

Emily Chaviano gives a great performance as Maggie and plays wonderfully off the other performers in the play.

Savanna native Darren Mangler gives a stellar performance as Saunders, Maggie's father and the operator of a Cleveland theater who drags his assistant Max into a ridiculous ruse that results in hilarious situations.

Actor Peter Lake, as the titular tenor Tito Merelli, and Actress Margot Frank, as his wife Maria, have wonderful chemistry. The couple swing wonderfully from showing affection to arguing in Italian accents.

Lake and McGonagle also have a great chemistry, and a scene where they both sing opera is an endearing moment of friendship. Both actors also have phenomenal voices.

Performers Bryant Howard (as Bellhop), Jodie Langel (as Diana) and Marci Stattleberg (as Julia) also add a great deal of comedy and wit to the story.

All of TLP's directors and crew come together to create a set and mood to accentuate this funny farce. The costuming and set not only bring 1934 to life, but also help move the comedy along with mistaken identity and a lot of slamming doors.

Anyone looking for a night of laughter and fun should give this off-the-wall comedy a chance.

“Lend Me a Tenor” continues through Sunday, June 26. Tickets are available online at timberlakeplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 815-244-2035. It is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Lend Me A Tenor” would not be possible without: Light Designer Cameron Strandin; Costume Designer Jade Zhang; Scenic Designer Dan Danielowski; Sound Designer Tyler Malone; Props Designer Callie Hester; Production Stage Manager Chelsey Steinmetz; Technical Director Luke Habjan; Assistant Technical Director Chai Freedman; Charge Artist Skylar Revell; Associate Scenic Designer Orion Forte; Assistant Props Designer Frankie Gawronski; Sound Engineer/A1 Davie Voelker; Assistant Stage Manager Elaina Veasey; Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Blickem; Production Assistant Peyton Otis; Intimacy Coordinator Emily Chaviano; Production Manager/Master Electrician Cameron L. Strandin; A2/Assistant Master Electrician Isaac Perez; Assistant to the Artistic Director Brooke Parkinson.