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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