Sondheim's Hit Musical Farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
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In the Bay Area premiere of this 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, an Iraq war veteran grapples with personal and family issues, while the motherly moderator of an online support group for recovering addicts and its members struggles to stay sober. Their worlds end up colliding in unexpected ways, as they seek redemption through connection and community. This moving collage of lives in crisis was written by Tony nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) and receives its much-anticipated regional debut from TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Learn More
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Featured review from GregRed Velvet
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The success or failure of any comedy is dependent upon rigorous comic timing and the level of commitment the actors bring to their respective roles. It's analogous to the internal movement of a fine vintage timepiece. If any part of the mechanism fails, the watch stops. In the context of comedy, that means the humor falls flat.
I’m happy to report that all members of the South Bay Musical Theatre operate like clockwork. The large cast, directed with the deft hand and creative finesse of Walter M. Mayes, act in unison to deliver a delightful romp set in an imaginary ancient Rome.
The setting is not wholly inauthentic, however, inasmuch as the play draws heavily from the works of the period by Titus Plautus. One of the earliest known playwrights in Latin literature, he is the progenitor for what is considered “modern” farce.
Joe Colletti is perfectly cast as Pseudolus, "master of ceremonies" for this daffy ensemble. He exudes a blithe presence and sets the tempo with a smooth confidence. A chain of uniformly talented actors supports him without a weak link among them. The standouts are too numerous to mention, but one would be remiss without recognizing the hilarious contribution and unbridled enthusiasm of Chuck Manthe as Hysterium. Suffice it to say the character’s name suits him!
The staging, choreography, costumes, lighting and set design are all first-rate and executed with the type of professionalism one has come to expect from SBMT. Musical accompaniment by the live chamber orchestra serves to enhance the experience. And it’s the attention to detail, such as the nicely painted curtain, the addition of a vaudevillian style opening act, and the ingenious use of some wooden blocks, that set this production apart from the usual fare.
Once again, it’s a pleasure to encourage everyone to patronize this priceless treasure in the South Bay.
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Very funny, zany show. Our seats were forth row, stage left. The woman at the box office said she chose it for us so we weren’t too close to the orchestra. The orchestra is amazing. Two by two in front of first row. They have monitors so they...continued
Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life’s troubles. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. Add a score by Stephen Sondheim to the zany mix of mistaken identities, lovely courtesans and scheming servants, and you have the recipe for a sure-fire audience pleaser that will have you howling in your seat!
About the Ticket Supplier: South Bay Musical Theatre
South Bay Musical Theatre (formerly Saratoga Drama Group) has been presenting top-notch musical theater to the South Bay Area for 45 years. Each annual season features three fully staged and costumed productions with a live orchestra, including both beloved musical “classics” and lesser-known—but equally captivating—shows.