I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

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One of the sitcoms that defined the TV era itself is coming to life in a fantastically creative post-Christmas event for the stage. On air from 1951 to 1957, I Love Lucy has been named one of the top 100 television shows of all time; the hysterical antics of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, partnered with their friends and landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, have been delighting audiences continuously for half a century, and to this day, the show is still syndicated and translated into dozens of languages for viewers around the world—bringing in an average audience of 40 million each year in the U.S. alone.

As the first TV show to be shot using 35mm film in front of a live studio audience, it seems only fitting that this modern revival, I Love Lucy: Live On Stage, would follow suit. It takes place in a reproduction of the Desilu Playhouse sound stage, giving audiences the opportunity to witness the “live filming” of two episodes of the classic sitcom, set in the Ricardos’ New York City apartment. Attendees will also get to see the famed Tropicana nightclub and dig the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra’s hand-clapping, foot-stomping Cuban music. A charming host enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process, and the Crystaltone Singers perform advertisement jingles between scenes to complete the ambiance of 1950s television glamor.

Sirena Irwin has received critical acclaim for her evocation of Lucille Ball’s legendary comedic brilliance, as has her co-star, Bill Mendieta, for his reprisal of Desi Arnaz’s Ricky Ricardo. The more technical aspect of the production has not gone unrecognized either, receiving awards for best scenic design, best costumes, best sound and best lighting. Fans of theatre and television alike will enjoy the respite from the end-of-the-year hustle and bustle—their own, that is; Lucy will be as crazed as ever. / KENNEDY ALLEN

Thurs., Dec 26-Sun., Dec. 29. Various times. The Merriam Theatre, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. merriamtheater.com
 

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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