Part of FringeNYC: Meet the most famous forgotten actor-couple in theater history, Lunt and Fontanne, played by a real actor-couple. This fast-paced new play covers their extraordinary partnership, from the 1920s through WWII and the 1950s, with cameos by Olivier, Coward and Brando. More…
Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. From TBE Theatrical. Written by Mark E. Lang. Directed by Owen Thompson.
FROM THE ARTIST:
In LUNT AND FONTANNE: THE CELESTIALS OF BROADWAY, Mark E. Lang’s new stage play about the Lunts, today’s audiences get a chance to meet Alfred and Lynn, explore their life on and off the stage, see them perform scenes from their favorite plays– including Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW and Molnar’s THE GUARDSMAN; interact with famous friends such as Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier; and share their experiences on Broadway, in London during World War II and on tour.
Playing the Lunts (and multiple roles) are New York based actors ALISON MURPHY and MARK E. LANG, also a married couple who have worked together on stage and on camera for years. They bring to these roles their own experience plus years of extensive research into the Lunts’ lives and work.
See it if Excellent performances help greatly to overcome paint-by-numbers script & insipid direction; but a worthy intro into Lunt/Fontanne lives
Don't see it if Limited knowledge of Lunt/Fontanne career; not a theatre history geek
See it if You care about the Golden Years of Broadway or this couple. They transformed into the Lunts right before my eyes--glorious! Good history!
Don't see it if You don't care about theatrical history, or the Lunts, or the impact of the WW I&II on theatre and these people. Almost 2 hours flew by!
See it if You are fascinated with the history of great theatre, clever book and relationships between full time actors and real life spouses
Don't see it if You do not appreciate an historical play about a famous singing Broadway couple that is not a musical or lacks set and many characters
See it if want to learn more about this famous theatrical couple played by a married couple who choose key moments to dramatize for our enjoyment.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in learning more about the famous Lunt/Fontannes and their rise to theatrical fame.
See it if You enjoy Hollywood lore, simple staging
Don't see it if Get confused when actors unnecessarily change characters or don't like to watch actors lacking in the needed charisma to play legends
See it if It was an invitation to a special period on Broadway, with delightful acting, and reflections on their personal lives.
Don't see it if If you don't want to learn the joys of theatre when you are the toast of Broadway, and the sadness when the next wave comes along.
See it if You want to meet two theater greats you never knew, and see how their lives and relationship were woven into their acting. Very smartly done
Don't see it if You don't have patience to let things unfold.
See it if Beautifully acted, this gem of a theater piece is a 90 minute love letter to perhaps the greatest acting couple in US history, the Lunts.
Don't see it if You don't care for great acting.