A Funny Thing is funny!
A review by Nancy Melcher
Do you feel like letting it all go and laughing like crazy this weekend? The latest offering from OnStage Uxbridge (OSU) will be just the thing, then.
Playing at the Uxbridge Music Hall, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes place on a street in ancient Rome. It’s the story of a slave who attempts to earn his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. It’s got funny musical numbers, mistaken identity, desperate lovers, scheming neighbours, exotic dancers, and satirical comments on social class.
Forum is a light, fast-paced comedy featuring witty, irreverent dialogue and songs destined to become earworms! Director Cheryl Atwood describes it as “traditional Roman comedy, combined with a dash of classic Vaudeville, giving you one-two punch humour in this slightly bawdy and totally frenetic Broadway masterpiece.”
This is conductor Cyndie Jacobs’ fifth production with OSU. About the music, Jacobs says, “It’s Stephen Sondheim. He’s known for upbeat rhythms and very catchy tunes.”
A small group of actors, the Proteans, provide heaps of comic relief. Indeed, three tall men (each over six feet) and one much shorter woman create an interesting dynamic and provide much of the “muscle” for quick scene changes. The set is simple, with three quite different houses creating a defined space for the action. There’s good use of different levels with some cast appearing in upper windows or on a roof, and others using staircases that lead down onto the main floor.
The cast is strong and keep the pace moving throughout the play. Costumes are simple but effective, and provide bold splashes of colour! The choreography of the courtesans is interesting, with each “girl” showing off her unique talents. There really IS “something for everyone.”
For tickets, visit starticketing.com or be at the Music Hall box office a half hour before the show.