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Comedic classic comes to East Texas stage


After the passing of his father, Arthur Marx teamed up with Robert Fisher to write a play looking back on the life of Groucho Marx. Groucho’s ties to East Texas go back to the beginning of his career. Marx started his entertainment career as a singer with a vaudevillian group known as The Four Nightingales. It wasn’t until a poorly received performance in Nacogdoches that the singers realized they were better suited for comedy than singing.

The show’s production team is looking forward to bringing humor and energy to the stage in the coming weeks. Director Roger Pharr says the audience can look forward to a lot of laughter. “It is not for the easily offended,” Pharr says, “oddly, it was what our grandparents and parents laughed at and it’s still funny stuff.” Pharr is excited to see how the audiences will respond to the show and continues, “a lot of people aren’t aware of the East Texas connection to the Marx Brothers’ beginnings.”

Auditions will be held Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m at the Tyler Civic Theatre Center (400 Rose Park Drive).

“Auditions are fun and pretty easy. You just come in, read some selections from the script, and be yourself,” Assistant Director Austin Sandy said. “We’re looking at who has chemistry with who on stage.” Sandy said the show requires 4 men, 2 women, and 2 teenage boys.

Groucho: A Life in Revue will debut on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at

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