Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir
“Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir” from City Theatre
“Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir” by Keith Bunin follows Sam Bendrix, a bartender/crooner who, for one night only, has been given the time onstage to perform a nightclub act all his own…for someone who may or may not show up.
The City Theatre manages to set up a convincing lounge atmosphere, complete with (fake) smoke clouding and swirling around the lights. There are two and four-seat tables set up on risers so parties can sit together comfortably, and guests are even encouraged to bring their drinks with them. After all, it is a nightclub. The lighting stays ambiant, and the music from the band is clear and engaging without being overpowering.
The show is…fine, in every good and bad sense of the word. Luke Macfarlane, of some television acclaim, plays Sam and uses the audience as any good nightclub comic, basically as a second character or straight-man for his one-liners. Macfarlane’s voice is like velvet, and he wears the character of Sam Bendrix like a dinner jacket – tailor-made. The musicians, while subtle, are great, really coming across not as actors (which they aren’t) but as musicians there to support their lead. All in all, the show has the appeal of a good, low-key date night or something to bring your visiting grandparents to for nostalgia’s sake.
City Theatre is bringing a world premiere production to its intimate Southside-based Lester Hamburg Studio Stage. The latest play to mark its 37th season, Keith Bunin’s Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir, will transport audiences to a highly creative and influential moment in American history.
The year is 1958, the setting the legendary Bon Soir club in New York’s lively Greenwich Village. At the bustling cabaret-style club, charismatic musician Sam Bendrix and his talented band are about to take the stage for what will be their final riveting performance. Underscoring the cultural, political and societal shifts brewing beneath the surface of modern America, the new play weaves a “tale of an era not yet ready for the revolutionary changes on the horizon.”
Luke Macfarlane along with playwright, Keith Bunin, were interviewed on channel 2 news, Pittsburgh. The interview revolved around the musical play, Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir. For those who haven’t seen the video, you may watch it after the jump.
City Theatre will be conducting an interview with Luke Macfarlane on his upcoming reprisal of Sam Bendrix in Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir. You can submit questions to Luke Macfarlane via this website they have posted up. The interview will be posted on City Theatre’s facebook page. If you haven’t “liked” them yet, please do so now to support this endeavor! :)
Luke Macfarlane will be reprising his role as Sam Bendrix once again this year. This time, the stage event for Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir, written by Keith Bunin, will be held at the City Theatre, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The play will run from November 12, 2011, to December 18, 2011, at the Hamburg Studio. Tickets run from $30 to $60 (USD) and can be purchased online via City Theatre’s Online Ticketing.
Address to the Hamburg Studio is 1300 Bingham St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203.
Saturday, November 12 at 5:30 pm; Sunday, November 13 at 7pm;
Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 16 at 7pm;
Thursday, November 18 at 8 pm
PRESS / OPENING NIGHT
Friday, November 18 at 8 pm
Regular Run Schedule
Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 pm; Wednesday at 1 pm;
Thurs. and Fri. at 8 pm; Sat. at 5:30 & 9 pm; Sun. at 2 pm