By Ken Ludwig
World-renowned tenor Tito Merelli, “Il Stupendo,” has agreed to play Otello for one night only at the Cleveland opera company. He arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, passes out after an overdose of tranquilizers. Believing his star is dead, the excitable opera manager taps his assistant, Max, an aspiring singer, to replace Merelli. Things go outrageously madcap when Il Stupendo revives, and his jealous wife, his female co-star, Max’s girlfriend and the opera guild leader compete for the star’s attention. A classic farce!
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French