A hilarious musical comedy at the Krannert Center
Written by Bill Xun
This week the class went to see A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in the Colwell Playhouse at the Krannert Center. I had an absolute blast watching this musical comedy. Everything came together perfectly — the set, the actors, and the music .It was two hours of nonstop comedy, and I enjoyed watching every second of it.
The first thing that I saw walking into the theater was the set itself, and it wasn’t like any set that I’ve seen before. I knew almost immediately that this was going to be a great performance with a set as colorful and elaborate as this. It extended out from the stage, had an outline of lightbulbs, and was painted with colors that gave a greek feel. It also featured the musicians on stage!
I also loved how the musicians were in full view on the stage. Usually you can’t see the orchestra during plays, so it’s great to see the musicians play and get the credit they deserve. It also allows for the actors to interact with the musicians as well for added comedy, like in the beginning of the play when Pseudolus had an interaction with the conductor. It’s the little things in the play that made the whole performance special, like the interactions with the performers and the audience, or the headpieces that the musicians wore. Everything was meticulously designed and it all came together in the end.
While everything in the play was incredible, the statue in the play was by far the best part of the show. Maybe I wasn’t paying too much attention in the beginning, but I was unbelievably shocked when she moved a couple of minutes into the play. Then throughout the performance, each of her expressions and the props that she used contributed a huge amount to not only the humor but also the context of the play, all done without saying a single word.
This was a great way to spend my Thursday night and I would definitely recommend everyone to see it as soon as possible.