A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre ends its season-long celebration of Stephen Sondheim with the composer-lyricist’s least characteristic and most playful musical, a Plautine comedy set in ancient Rome and told with a good deal of vaudevillian slapstick. Early on, director Michael Weber inserts some anachronistic visual gags, defying the wishes of Sondheim and book writers Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart to keep things period perfect. But other than that this is an enjoyably straightforward, though not especially inventive, revival. The show's "lovers, liars, and clowns" are ably represented by a sprightly and appropriately shameless cast. The funniest performances come from those playing characters at the lowest end of the social order, particularly Bill Larkin as a wily slave and Matt Crowle as a panicky one. —Zac Thompson

Price: $32-$48


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