A Toast to “Champagne Lady”

“Champagne Lady” part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Mary Ann Randazzo


Anyone born after 1980 might have lost some of the value of this smart and witty play “Champagne Lady.”  References to Lawrence Welk and the infamous champagne lady of the popular show may have gone over many of the alternative rock music lover’s heads.

Richard Burd, playwright/director did a brilliant job in combining comedy and drama while family secrets unfolded during Thanksgiving.  The brothers, played by the talented actors Kevin Bianchi and Patrick Tumulty were outstanding.  Joan Saunders as the Aunt Esther was first-rate.

I truly enjoyed this delightful story.  It was truly “wunnerful, wunnerful!”