An Evening with Groucho was an exciting collaborative experience. Frank Ferrante has been performing this piece for three decades and for the first time, there was the opportunity to add a fully realized design component to the show. We wanted to transport the audience back to a 1930s former vaudeville theatre. The transformation of the space began from the moment the audience walked into the theater with changing the color of the carpeting, adding velour curtains around the seating reminiscent of old movie theatres, a subtle rounding of the stage itself, and a gorgeous Austrian drape upstage of a custom-built proscenium arch. Other nods to Groucho's life on the silver screen were incorporated like a large marquee with "neon" where images and home-movie clips were projected as well as large 'one-sheet' posters of Marx Brothers films.
Frank Ferrante's performance adeptly transports the audience from 2018 back in time to when Frank became enamored with Groucho Marx. Before the audience's eyes, Frank transforms into Groucho Marx taking the audience on a ride of a lifetime through history. It was a privilege to create an environment to help take the audience on this journey.