‘Sam Bendrix’ hits the highlights of a heyday
By Alice T. Carter, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Last updated: 1:38 pm

Luke Macfarlane wants to make one thing clear about “Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir.”

“It is not a cabaret act,” he says. “It’s a beautiful, delicate play, a one-man show disguised as a cabaret act.”

Some confusion is inevitable.

The play takes place in 1958 in the Bon Soir, a legendary nightclub where performers including Barbra Streisand and Phyllis Diller got their starts.

The Bon Soir was a smoky, intimate venue where well-dressed, diverse audience — blacks and whites, straights and gays — gathered to hear music by legendary songwriters such as Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and the Gershwins. It was an era before rock ‘n’ roll, the Stonewall riots, the Civil Rights struggle and the Vietnam War changed the world.

“It was an intimate world — a club where so many different parts of New York could get together,” Macfarlane says.
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