A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 West Campbell Street Arlington Heights
Broadway's greatest farce promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles. This fast-paced, witty, and irreverent comedy is one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum skillfully combines timetested comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. A nonstop laughfest in which crafty slave Pseudolus attempts to win the hand of the beautiful but slowwitted maiden, Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his own freedom. The plot rapidly twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, bawdy innuendos and hair-brained schemes. This unforgettable musical promises: "Something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"
Thru - Jun 29, 2019
Show Type: Musical
Box Office: 847-577-2121
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Reviews
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Daily Herald - Somewhat Recommended
"...Comically, however, this "Forum" comes off as more fine than first-rate. There's a missing spontaneity from many of the actors, whose reactions at times feel forced rather than genuine. Additional urgency would also energize the chases and near-miss entrance and exits that threaten to foil Pseudolus' plans."
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Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended
"...The many stories about the complicated production history of mounting Forum in 1962 describe the show as an attempt to return laughs and low comedy to what had become an innocuous and sterile Broadway stage. Listen, it succeeded. A show this unapologetically politically incorrect might be a risky choice for audiences in heavily hash-tagged, uber-woke 2019. After all, it's a period piece twice over, if you count both the unenlightened Ancient Roman era it's set in and the not-so-evolved-from-that early 1960s America when it debuted. Most of the jokes rely on a lighthearted acceptance of unsavory attitudes toward women, old-school sexual politics and slavery, which, though arguably historically accurate, can be a big ask. The great news here is that Rawitz truly triumphs over this pitfall by empowering her cast to treat the material fearlessly and playfully, steering the wheel into the ridiculous, over-the-top spin of it all. The audience happily jumps on for this fast-paced, irreverent ride."
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