Review: Gulfshore’s ‘Forum’ makes musical comedy a real Roman circus

If you need a break from the season — and you do need a break from the season — “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is the perfect way to spend it.

Leering commentary and lascivious advances are dropping from the marketplace of polite conversation, and, frankly, it’s about time. But where does that leave a sensitive audience at “A  Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” a musical bursting at the seams with lascivious intentions and innuendo, populated by courtesans, slaves and pimps?

It leaves them laughing. Howling, in fact, at the Gulfshore Playhouse production of the Stephen Sondheim-Larry Gelbart-Burt Shevelove musical busload of clowns. “Forum” erects an ancient Rome so outre and characters so National Lampoon silly that any artifice of imposition disappears. There are no bad guys here: only the vain, the inept, the hopelessly naive, the conniving, the lucky — and a way to manipulate all of them.

 

Harriet Howard Heithaus
Naples Daily News

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