My wife and I attended “An Evening With Groucho” last night at our local theater, the Centerstage. I remember watching Groucho and his inappropriate fast-paced responses to those he interviewed on his television show “You Bet Your Life.”
Discovered by Groucho’s son, Arthur, Frank Ferrante writes and acts in this two-act, one-man play. For two-plus hours, Mr. Ferrante portrays Groucho Marx in all of his splendor. Combined with stories about Groucho’s life and times, the evening is filled with many of the one-liners and inappropriate jokes. Mr. Ferrante sings, dances and slapsticks his way across the stage leaving the audience in stitches.
Mr. Ferrante is a wonderful actor and comedic presence. Locally, he has portrayed Caesar, the Latin Lover at our local dinner theater, Teatro ZinZanni. During last night’s show, Mr. Ferrante combined the stories and slapstick with interactions with the audience. We were laughing so hard that I was happy to see the 15-minute intermission.
Thanks to the Federal Way Mirror, the Federal Way Arts Commission and the City of Federal Way for supporting this wonderful theater. I highly recommend this show even if you don’t have a clue who Groucho Marx was.
Kenneth Pratt, Federal Way