‘Come Blow Your Horn’ is sim­ple, but ef­fec­tive

Medicine Hat News - - ENTERTAINMENT - CHRIS BROWN cbrown@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNBrown

Two brothers, two girls, two par­ents. Medicine Hat Mu­si­cal Theatre, with an as­sist from a leg­endary play­wright, is prov­ing that’s all you need for a great night out.

Tonight the lo­cal group opens Neil Si­mon’s “Come Blow Your Horn,” a tale of grow­ing up, per­sonal con­nec­tions and love.

Alan Baker (played by Mario Mu­dri) has been living the play­boy life­style in 1960s New York. It’s a life his younger brother Buddy (Mark Ir­win) des­per­ately wants. He leaves home and moves in with Alan. Their par­ents (Nic Di­eterle and Rae Wahl) soon end up at Alan’s bach­e­lor pad, along with loads of sar­cas­tic com­ments and buck­ets of guilt trips. Through all this, Alan’s flavour of the week Peggy Evans (Athena Crow­ley) and a girl he’s start­ing to have ac­tual feel­ings for Con­nie Day­ton (Amie Weis­ger­ber) come in and out of the brothers’ lives.

As op­po­site as the brothers are — Alan the smooth ladies man, Buddy the ner­vous wreck — the girls and par­ents are sim­i­lar. Peggy is a ditzy as­pir­ing ac­tress to Con­nie’s more sea­soned per­former, while Mr and Mrs. Baker are over­bear­ing to­ward their sons in their own unique ways.

With only six char­ac­ters and just one set, the di­a­logue and in­ter­play be­tween the char­ac­ters is im­por­tant. Quick back-and-forths and en­trances and ex­its by the char­ac­ters move the play along at a rapid pace. Con­sider “Noises Off!” or “Boe­ing Boe­ing” from the past cou­ple of years, but toned down some­what.

All in all, MHMT new­comer Fred­er­ick Klem has di­rected his cast to a show they all should feel good about blow­ing a horn about.

"Come Blow Your Horn" runs Feb. 17-18, Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 at 8 p.m. plus Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. All shows are at the Medicine Hat Mu­si­cal Theatre Play­house.

Tick­ets $30 plus GST, are avail­able by call­ing 403-5023477 and at www.mhmthe­atre.com. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the web­site.

NEWS PHOTO CHRIS BROWN

Buddy Baker (played by Mark Ir­win) and Peggy Evans (Athena Crow­ley) are shown dur­ing the me­dia night per­for­mance of Medicine Hat Mu­si­cal Theatre's "Come Blow Your Horn," which opens to the pub­lic tonight. For show and ticket de­tails visit www.mhmthe­atre.com.

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