SYNOPSIS: This sequel to Lend Me a Tenor reunites the characters from that hit comedy. The setting is a luxury hotel suite in Paris in 1936, where Henry Saunders is preparing to stage a star-studded “Three Tenors” concert featuring Tito Morelli, the world’s greatest opera star. When Tito’s daughter begins a clandestine love affair with a young man, numerous comic misunderstandings ensue, throwing both the concert and the lives of everyone involved into hilarious chaos.
LANGUAGE: A small amount of strong language, including one non-sexual use of the old Anglo Saxon obscenity. The language includes one use each of “Goddammit,” “Jesus Christ,” and the expression “don’t fuck it up,” along with several uses of “Oh My God, “bastard,” and “hell.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: There is no smoking, and some on stage drinking depicted.
SEX: This is a farce, and as with Lend Me a Tenor, a lot of the humor derives from comic misunderstandings about who is having an affair with whom. The young lovers, Mimi and Carol, are discovered in their underwear together, and Tito flies into a rage when he thinks he sees his wife in a compromising position with a younger man. The humor is based on innuendo rather than explicit sexual behavior, but it is a part of the plot, just as it was in Lend Me a Tenor.
VIOLENCE: Nothing beyond wives slapping husband’s faces and husbands throttling men they believe have slept with their wives.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? A Comedy of Tenors is a farce in the classic tradition and is generally suitable for all audiences, including teenagers. Pre-teens should attend at a parent’s discretion, and conservative audience members who are discomfited by sexual innuendo may not enjoy the play.
RATING: If it were a movie, the show would be rated “PG-13.”