Written by Daniella Litvak
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum’s (hereafter referred to as “A Funny Thing”) opening number makes a lot of guarantees to its audience. No kings will be grasping for crowns in this play. There will be “Something for everyone.” Most of all, no tragedy allowed because it’s a comedy. Does this farce about Roman slave Pseudolus helping his master woo the girl next door (in exchange for his freedom) deliver on its promises?
The first act’s pacing is not perfect. Some plot points and character observations get repeated over and over again. When the end of the act comes, it feels like the show could be wrapped up then and there with just a couple of extra minutes needed to tie up loose ends. Fortunately, the second act averts this problem with a much better flow. Continue Reading