Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Brevard Culture review of Forum

Wonderful review posted on BrevardCulture.com.

You can read the full review here.

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Review: ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’

In the opening to “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the prologue promises
“Comedy Tonight.” And Riverside Theatre’s brilliant artistic team delivers it big time, from beginning to end in a thoroughly professional production.

Riverside’s cast lives up well to the storied history of comic actors who have brought this show to life, including Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Dick Shawn, Jack Gilford and Nathan Lane.

Here, it is led by Dana Snyder, who was Max Bialystock in Riverside’s production of “The Producers” earlier this season. Although Snyder has his own understated, droll style (and, oh my what a rim-shot funny fake death scene), you can’t help but think Phil Silvers when watching his Pseudolus. In a way, his is a delicious homage to theater legend which has that Silvers turned down the role of Pseudolus for the original Broadway production because of his glasses. (Later, Silvers was Pseudolus for the 1972 production but was replaced after suffering a stroke.)

Stephen Berger breathes fun and exquisite timing into hen-pecked husband Senex. Riverside veteran Ron Wisniski brings his trademark double-take high energy and comic know-how to his portrayal of brothel owner Marcus Lycus. And what a find in Patrick Richwood, who, as head slave Hysterium, reveals uncommon talent and skill in physical comedy. This threesome, along with Snyder, serve up a great treat in the number “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid.”

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" in open now through May 6th at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach Florida
Visit riversidetheatre.com for more info and tickets!

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