Ferrante brings Groucho to life
By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter
Spend An Evening with Groucho this weekend at the Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way.
Frank Ferrante is performing his act An Evening with Groucho, a tribute to the late comedian and film star Groucho Marx, this Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd.
The show consists of Groucho's famous ad-libbing, one-liners, improv, crowd interactions, and songs like Lydia, the Tattooed Lady and Hooray For Captain Spalding.
Groucho Marx was best known for his wittiness and was considered one of the best comedians of his time.
His distinct style consisted of a cigar, glasses, and a greasepaint mustache and eyebrows.
"The show attempts to give audiences a feel of what it was like to experience [Groucho] on stage," said Ferrante.
"He was a surprising comedian, and a master of ad lib. This performance tries to invoke all of that," he said.
Frank Ferrante has been portraying Groucho Marx for more than 30 years now, in more than 2,500 performances in 40 cities.
Ferrante has been rewarded for his performances with the New York Theater World Award, and several Connecticut Critics Circle Awards.
His talent was first discovered in 1985 by playwright and Groucho's son, Arthur Marx.
Ferrante's passion for his work goes further back than when he started performing, however.
"I saw the Marx Brothers movies as a boy, I wanted to be like those characters," said Ferrante. "I was shy, so to become someone else was like an armor, I felt invincible."
Ferrante said he especially enjoys introducing a new, younger crowd to the character that is Groucho Marx.
Tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors (ages 65+) and military, $15 for youth (ages 25 and younger), and $50 for V.I.P. access.
Tickets are available at centerstagetheatre.com. For more information, visit eveningwithgroucho.com.