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‘Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir’ charms at City Theatre
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
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir
While the show at present isn’t what playwright Keith Bunin wants it to be, what it is is swell.
BY TED HOOVER
Boy — if there was ever a show with my name written all over it, it’s Keith Bunin’s Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir, now world-premiering at City Theatre. Mark Rucker directs Luke Macfarlane (late of TV’s Brothers & Sisters) in the role of Sam Bendrix — a bartender at the legendary New York cabaret in 1958 — who has coerced the owners into letting him perform for one night only. And thanks to a few too many cocktails, his between-song patter turns into self-confession.
Pittsburgh City Paper’s review of Sam Bendrix