Written by Sihan Wang
Tonight I went to the Krannert center and watched the play “A funny thing happened on the way to the forum”, as I went into the theater and started to take pictures, a staff member nicely told me that they don’t allow taking pictures during the show, I realized that maybe my movement was too big, so I took the picture of the program notes and the tickets.
The musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was so much fun! I loved the show, the cast and their passionate performance. The plot of this play composed of Pseudolus, the slave helping his young master to pursue the girl next door to win his freedom, and lead to a series of funny events.
What I noticed first about this play was that the orchestra(and in this case, we only had a couple musicians) were visible to the audience and they also had a view of the stage. Because the orchestra is usually below the stage, we cannot see their performance and it was unique to me that it is different for this musical.
In the show, it is interesting that the relationship between the slave and the master is rather light-hearted rather than the typical abusive relationship. It makes me think about the history of human slavery in different cultures, including ancient Greece, ancient China and America. My theory is: the more slaves look different from the masters, the less empathetic the masters are toward the slaves and thus results in a more abusive relationship.
Apart from the funny plotline, I also noticed that there was a transgender in the play, which displayed diversity and inclusiveness that I really appreciate.
Many people consider theater to be full of drama and unrealistic scenarios, which for the most part can be true. However, there is also a misconception of theater being boring. That is quite untrue. In order to enjoy theater, you need to choose the perfect play. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is the perfect play to watch when you have not previously been to the theater.
Written by Maty Patino
Photo by Maty Patino
A hilarious musical comedy at the Krannert Center
Written by Bill Xun
Taken 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.
Written by Syed Ali
Throughout the month of October, the Krannert Center of Performing Arts held the musical play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The play employed various jokes, expressions, and situations to bring out endless laughter from the audience. The slogan “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” held true as the musical comedy made an interesting inquiry into freedom and making light of a situation.
Written By Tim Gao
Photo By Tim Gao
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the one of the best musical by Stephen Sondheim. Everyone was excited about this Thursday night because of the show and it also gives us the first opportunity to attend the show at the Illinois Theatre. The first thing surprised me is the perfect seat because it is super close to the stage that allows us to see all kinds of delicate costumes and plenty of emotions on performers’ face. The whole stage was very fancy but well-organized, there are orchestras on both sides and also a fake swimming pool close to the center of the stage. Everyone on the seat just can’t wait to see what is behind the red curtain which has a happy face and a sad face on it.
Written by Zhenbang Wu.
“Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone — a comedy tonight!”
Written by Thomas Kirkendall
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum was a very weird yet amusing performance to watch as I’ve never been to a play like this one that was suppose to be funny but also had a deeper meaning behind it. many people enjoyed the play but I also noticed some people not as interested.
Written By: Nora Guerrero
There’s a certain type of vibe that fills the atmosphere when you’re sitting in a theatre, waiting for the play to begin. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is one to watch. The anticipation of the lights dimming, and the music beginning, is all very exciting. After a long week of classes, decompressing at a play Thursday night was not how I imagined my night to go, but I am so glad it did.