Nutz-n-Boltz theater company goes to 1950s to find the funny

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - All the Hays want is to make their break into the film world, but before they can meet with Frank Capra, hilarity ensues. Venturing out of the one-room set of their last production "The Fourposter" on a new theatrical journey, the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company will open its newest play, "Moon Over Buffalo," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, 27861 Grange St., Boring.

This play by Ken Ludwig centers on a traveling theater troupe in the 1950s, focusing mostly on the antics, accidents and adventures of the couple who owns the company, George and Charlotte Hay, during their last tour stop in Buffalo, N.Y.

Therefore it's only appropriate that the actors and Nutz-n-Boltz owners Justin and Kelly Lazenby play the leading roles, once played by Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett.

Directing the production is renowned Portland-based actor and director Tobias Andersen, who speaks highly of the small-town theater company.

"They do what they want and they do it very well," Andersen says of the Lazenbys. "It's amazing theater we've got out here. Nutz-n-Boltz is a little jewel. … They have great shows all season long."

Though this will be his first time directing this play in particular, Andersen also praises "Moon Over Buffalo" as a source of comic relief.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - 'Moon Over Buffalo' centers on a couple, George and Charlotte Hay, who owns a traveling theater company, played by Boring theater owners Justin and Kelly Lazenby. "'Moon over Buffalo' has no socially redeeming qualities whatsoever," he explains. "It's quite simply a farce. ... It's just there for one reason, and that is to laugh."

As a pure comedy, Andersen says this play brings its own challenges. He quotes Edmund Gwenn in saying, "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard."

"Farce only works if you're coming from a true place," he explains. "You're being truly, absolutely silly, falling down, jumping on the table. ... The timing of this play has to be exact. There's a series of door slams that are almost musical."

Andersen says the production should be a great date night show or family outing suitable for children older than 12 years old.

"You can't get it on the internet," he says. "You can't get comedy quite the same on the screen."

"Moon Over Buffalo" is set to run through Sunday, March 19. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children and $11 for teachers and law enforcement professionals.

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