SUBMIT ABOUT FAQ
PEOPLE COMPANIES VENUES
LOGIN NEW USER PRODUCTIONS
REVIEWERS SIX DEGREES
A User-Driven Site for Theater in Atlanta, Georgia
criticsqueen [ALL REVIEWERS]
Companies Reviewed#
Big Top Productions1
Average Rating Given : 2.00000
Reviews in Last 6 months :
REVIEWS

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, by By Burt Shelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
2.0
Rob Hadaway did a wonderful job directing this Sondheim farce, which is NOT one of my personal favorites. Unfortunately he did not do as good a job casting the show. As has been pointed out, he apparently cares more about blocking, sets and costuming- all of which were phenomenal, than he does vocal performance. With the exception of "Comedy Tonight" there is not one tune that you can here people humming as they exit the theater, since the songs are largely forgetable. Again, this is a personal opinion of the show, not this production. However, without good vocal talent, the music becomes even more unbearable. By far, the best number was "Pretty Little Picture" with it's creative blocking and props.
The actress playing Philea was the true exception to the "no vocalists" rule in this production. It was very obvious she has had quite a bit of training and her beautiful, soprano voice rose above the entire cast. Pseudolus truly has a character voice, but it works in this character and he played his part well. Miles Glorioso also did a good job, but poor Hero could not seem to find a note in his first solo. He recovered and had a very nice voice in the rest of his numbers, albeit somewhat soft, but I never could quite forget that first number. The rest of the characters always seemed to fall flat.
Overall I would recommend this show to a theater goer who is interested in a night of true entertainment, but is definitley NOT looking to hear the vocal talent one tends to expect in a Sondheim production.

CLOSING SOON
Grace, or the Art of Climbing
by Lauren Feldman
Aurora Theatre
Third
by Wendy Wasserstein
Out of Box Theatre
NOW PLAYING
110 in the Shade
by N. Richard Nash (book), Harvey Schmidt (music), Tom Jones (lyrics)
Theatrical Outfit
Citizens Market
by Cori Thomas
Horizon Theatre Company
Dying on the Dance Floor: A Dance Moms Mystery!
by Marc Farley
Agathas: A Taste of Mystery
Grace, or the Art of Climbing
by Lauren Feldman
Aurora Theatre
Midnight at the Masquerade
by The Murder Mystery Company
The Murder Mystery Company in Atlanta
Summer Harvest 2018, The Street Corner Plays
by Gregory Fitzgerald, Amanda Vick, Jane and Jim Jeffries, Steven Korbar, Tom Slot, Brett Hursey, Evan Baughfman, John Patrick Bray
Onion Man Productions
Tapas III, The Reckoning
by Guilford Blake, Steadman, Walsh, Lupo, Hoke, Schinderworf, Staryk, Kaplan, Rubin, Carabatsos
Academy Theatre
The Color Purple
by book - Marsha Norman; songs - Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray
Actor's Express
The Taming
by Lauren Gunderson
Synchronicity Performance Group
Third
by Wendy Wasserstein
Out of Box Theatre

©2012 TheaterReview.com. All rights reserved.