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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
Review: ‘Sam Bendrix’ a tribute to dreams of a bygone era
By Alice T. Carter, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Playwright Keith Bunin arrived in Greenwich Village long after the Bon Soir and the era in which it lived had passed into history.
So, his play “Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir,” which is playing at City Theatre through Dec. 18, is woven from threads of fact and fiction, reality and creativity.
“I guess Sam Bendrix is a version of the person I might have been,” writes Bunin in his program notes. The play, Bunin explains: “is my attempt to pay tribute to the men and women who walked the streets of downtown New York long before I got there: the people who paved the way.”
TribLive’s review on Sam Bendrix