‘Duck Soup’ at Riverside Fox Theater


I’ve been wanting to see the newly restored 1928 Riverside Fox Theater but so far nothing on the schedule has grabbed me. (Ditto with Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena, although I’ve at least toured that building.)

Well, at 7 p.m. Friday, the Riverside Fox, 3801 Mission Ave., will show the Marx Brothers classic “Duck Soup,” plus Groucho impersonator Frank Ferrante live on stage doing 90 minutes of Marxism. Read about the event here. Tickets are $20 to $49.

I’ll likely be there — “Duck Soup,” a farce about politics and war, is one of my favorite movies and, while I’d rather pay half the money and see only the movie, the Groucho guy might be fun. And I’m looking forward to eyeballing the “other” Fox (as opposed to Pomona’s).

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  • Bob House

    I wasn’t aware of this Fox — what a great old building! Any theories as to why they are able to book bigger, mainstream acts (Cosby, David Sedaris, America) than the Pomona Fox or Bridges in Claremont? (Keeping in mind that if any of the bands listed as coming to the Pomona Fox are big, I wouldn’t know it.)

    [Supposedly the Riverside Fox, being city-owned, doesn’t have to fret about profit, just about recouping its costs, so they can fork out the dough for a name act. Also, Riverside is “fully seated,” whereas Pomona only has seats in the balcony. Nobody wants to pay, say, $80 to see Bill Cosby and sit on folding chairs. I don’t know what, if anything, prevents Bridges from being booked more often. — DA]

  • Very timely post (for me, @ least), as my wife & I have tickets for the David Sedaris show on Thursday. We’re looking forward to seeing both the show & the magnificent venue.

    Really wish you’d reconsider your weekend plans & add the America concert to your agenda, David. After your recent investigative piece on chickens & road-crossings, I was hoping you’d do an expose that would get to the bottom of that whole “Horse with No Name” mystery.

    [I’ve always liked Randy Newman’s theory, which is that the song is about a kid who thinks he’s taken acid. — DA]

  • Bob House

    I had forgotten about the Pomona Fox’s lack of seating. But bring in some small, round cocktail tables and chairs and it’s the perfect set-up for a nightclub right out of a Fred Astaire movie. Dave’s Hideaway?

  • Doug Evans

    Frank Ferrante is supposed to be great, at least according to this blog over here: http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2010_05_01.html#018894

    and this other blog that was linked to by that first blog: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=417008221&blogId=533782919

    I love Duck Soup but haven’t seen it in probably 20 years, and I’ve never seen it with an audience, which is how this stuff is supposed to be seen. Have fun!

  • Doug Evans

    In other news: Man, was today’s column (on the Linda Blair dog rescue fundraiser) funny as all heck! As I read it, I was thinking, “Either Dave worked very very hard on this, making each line funnier than the one before, or the topic was so wacky that this column wrote itself.” The one-liners just kept topping themselves. Good stuff!

    Watch out, Groucho! Or at least Frank Ferrante.

    [Actually, that column came together more quickly than usual; a wacky subject helps. — DA]

  • Frank Ferrante

    Hi, David…thanks for the mention. Slight clarification…”Duck Soup” is at 6:30pm this Friday and my “An Evening With Groucho” follows at 8:00pm. And thanks, Doug, for posting the links to reviews of my show. New York, London, PBS…Riverside you are next! You bet your life.

    [You’ve gotta be a confident performer to follow “Duck Soup” — that’s like following Hendrix at Monterey! Nice hearing from you, Frank. — DA]