Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Take A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, subtract Sondheim’s songs, add Woody Allen’s cynicism, mix with non-sequitur humour and some then-hip ’60s/’70s cosmic queries (Does God exist? Do we exist? Nothing is real) and you get this farce.
The 11-member local cast generally handles it all well, with the standouts being Quinn Green, steering the show as the exasperated main actor, and Tim Gray, doing some great physical comedy as a trio of characters, each smarmier than the last.
Theatre buffs will enjoy the theatrical references (Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski show up) and Allen fans will note some of his “Noo Yawk” trademarks and allusions to his standup comic routines (the “deep South” tangent).
Sometimes it gets too silly, with a few too many cute local jokes, and the portrayal of sexually eager-but-clueless young women is uncomfortably dated. But it’s still a funny thing at the fringe. And that ending is really clever.
— Janice Sawka
Leave your worries at the door and step into Woody's World, circa 500 BC. A laugh-out-loud funny world where the actors, writers and audience collide in a cocktail that is equal parts ridiculous, profound, farcical and dramatic. Served with a twist only Woody Allen could concoct. "This is a serious play with a message," his character cries. Woody answers back with a bolt of lightning, a Greek chorus and the leave-em-laughing joke of jokes: Is there a God?
Updated on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 4:15 PM CDT: