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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 1 2009

This pleasantly diverting touring edition of the Broadway musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail lacks the anarchic spontaneity Eric Idle's zany script demands. But director Mike Nichols's production gives the audience its money's worth with a steady stream of sight gags, and an ingenious multimedia visual design inspired by Terry Gilliam's iconic cartoons for Monty Python's Flying Circus. Familiar bits from the 1975 movie--including the Killer Rabbit who must be destroyed with a holy hand grenade, and the Black Knight who refuses to concede defeat even when all his limbs have been hacked off--are complemented with witty nods to musical-theater lore and newsy references to the Blagojevich scandal and George Bush's shoe-dodging incident. As King Arthur, onetime TV heartthrob Richard Chamberlain--still a looker at 74--displays a pleasing baritone and a disarming what-the-hell-am-I-doing-here bemusement at the wackiness going on around him. --Albert Williams

Price: $25-$90


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