note: entire contents copyright 2007 by Beverly Creasey
The Boston Theatre Works production of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Through Oct. 20th) may be pared down from the usual free-for-alls you get at community theaters, but it’s just as much fun. Come to think of it, A FUNNY THING…is practically foolproof. It’s tailor made for actors to cut loose and they do, and then some, in director Erick Devine’s energetic laugh-fest . You know you’re in for a treat when Neil A. Casey is playing a character named Hysterium---and it takes all the composure he can summon up, not to be. He’s the main reason to see the Burt Shevelove-Larry Gelbart/ Stephen Sondheim musical that boasts “Tragedy Tomorrow. Comedy Tonight!” The other is Richard McElvain as the slightly vague pater familias who can’t seem to concentrate. Who could, with courtesans, gladiators and a ferocious wife encircling them, not to mention the hundred year old Jim Jordan doing laps? Throw in mistaken identities and the adorable twosome of Jennifer Ellis and Christopher Lyons---- [How could I forget the other surprising twosome of Betsy Adkins and Ken Arpino]---and silliness abounds.