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A good review on Sam Bendrix by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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‘Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir’ charms at City Theatre
Stage review
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
By Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City Theatre has discovered an effective time machine and finely tuned it to 1958 to re-create the mood and music of that year for its charming “Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir.”

It’s the premiere of Keith Bunin’s emotional biography of a gay man looking for love in the wrong decade framed with evocative romantic show songs of the mid-20th century.

Reminding us a bit of “Mad Men’s” Don Draper in his white shirt, narrow tie and slick hair, Luke Macfarlane plays Sam with an understated tenderness and regret tinged with hope. Bartender and fill-in singer at the tiny Bon Soir club in New York’s Greenwich Village, Sam is saying farewell to his unhappy Manhattan history with a final performance.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette’s review of Sam Bendrix

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Article on Sam Bendrix featuring Luke Macfarlane presented by TRIBLIVE

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‘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.
Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir article

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Luke Macfarlane reprises his role as Sam Bendrix in “Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir”

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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.

Preview Schedule
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

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