Tuesday March 16, 2010 / 8:00pmA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Assigned at Box Office
How was your experience?
Side-splittingly funny! This is an excellent production, sharp, fast-paced, well sung, acted, and cast, with the laughs coming at a steady clip. Viewers who are only familiar with the 1966 movie staring Zero Mostel will be pleasantly surprised to find the humor in this production to be less forced, and with much more music. I heard for the first time two numbers which are not in either of the cast albums, "Farewell" (sung by Domina to great effect, which was no easy task, as the humor in is quite tricky) and "Calm" (sung by Hysterium, which was not quite as successful). However, "Pretty Little Picture" (One of my favorites) and "That'll Show Him" were cut. Lee Wilkof as Pseudolous and Larry Raben as Hysterium, the two lead comic figures, prove to be more than up to the job, and the rest of the cast is equally impressive. I especially enjoyed the visual humor employed in casting the three Proteans as very tall, medium, and short. The cast of courtesans was also very well cast, for those of you who have no interest whatsoever in pirates! The Freud Playhouse does not appear to have a pit, and so the orchestra is located backstage and miked, as is the entire cast. I prefer the orchestra to be entirely acoustic, but as the sound mixing was superb, this didn't prove to be a problem, and the only thing that occasionally obscured the understandability of the lyrics was audience laughter. Not such a bad thing. Go see it while you may!!