John Timpane, Staff Writer (June 12th, 2018)
“There are two keys to a good production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Key 1: a good Pseudolus, wily slave and emcee, master clown, fine vocalist, fourth-wall-busting happy destroyer, and gifted pratfaller. Key 2: three crazy, talented Proteans.
… [Michael Dean Morgan’s Forum] jingles these keys in its toga. The production makes of a small budget a big virtue … This stripped-down, back-to-the-roots rendition is simultaneously slapdash, as it must be, and tight. Eleven well-cast actors, most of whom can really sing, keep the warhorse in a lather. Forum is often a big production, all flashing swords, swirling togas, and elaborate sets, as in the great version at the Walnut Street Theatre last fall. Here it’s three doors, three windows above, and a bench that gets moved around for greatest chaos. Director Michael Dean Morgan and set designer Wesley Cornwell thus focus us on things done, sung, and said.”
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“Michael Dean Morgan and the entire cast and crew deserve our praise and thanks for an evening we will not forget… This performance moved at lightning speed and had my attention gripped tight right from the opening number.”
Toby Grace, Out in Jersey, June 18, 2018
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is its own reward.
…It has constant bits of business and shtick designed to make the rollicking even more hilarious..
…Morgan’s entire cast deserves praise as individuals and an ensemble.
…Morgan’s production is the right kind of clockwork. It wisely trusts able players to know their business and keep the play hopping while investing it with a lot of personality.”
Neal Zoren, PrincetonInfo.com, reprinted from U.S. 1 Newspaper, June 13, 2018