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Peter Marino returns with one-man spoof

For comic actors born and bred in the insular world of the American theater, few character archetypes are harder to resist than the delusional playwright, director or performer. Take Roland Maule, the impossibly neurotic playwright in Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter.” Or Corky St. Clair, the director and producer with delusions of Broadway grandeur in “Waiting for Guffman.” Or countless others, from the drama teacher Mr. G from “Summer Heights High” to Lorenzo St. DuBois in “The Producers.”

Peter Michael Marino’s own contribution to this long legacy, a “celebrity stalker and pathological musical theater fanatic” named Lance, will present his 60-minute showbiz spoof “Late With Lance” at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Donald Savage Theatre at SUNY Buffalo State. Marino, a Buff State grad who went on to work on the Broadway flop “Desperately Seeking Susan” and the follow-up spoof “Desperately Seeking the Exit,” describes Lance as a delusional cruise ship entertainer.

“Lance and his two gay dads’ cruise ship is docking in Buffalo, so Lance has invited Liza Minnelli, Hugh Jackman and Miami Sound Machine to be on his makeshift talk show,” Marino wrote in a release. “This show biz spoof with a musical theater twist features original song parodies, “The Sound of Music” performed in five minutes, an homage to the film “Fame,” and many more ridiculous surprises. Lance has suffered for his art. Now it’s your turn!”

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-Colin Dabkowski