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Fauquier Community Theatre A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

By • Oct 8th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Fauquier Community Theatre
Vint Hill Theatre, Warrenton, VA
$16/$14 Seniors and Students
Through October 19th

This is the Show Biz Radio Review of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, performed by Fauquier Community Theatre in Warrenton, Virginia. We saw the performance on Saturday evening October 4, 2008.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. It tells the bawdy story of a slave and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

This show was light hearted and funny. This production focused more on the humor instead of the slapstick comedy. There was a wild chase scene towards the end of the play that was handled well.

Pseudolos, the slave of the house of Senex, was played by Michael Baker. Baker played to the audience, which for this show was the perfect interpretation. He had an enjoyable sense of timing in the delivery of his lines. Pseudolos’ strong relationship with another slave, Hysterium, played by Allen McRae, led to McRae’s constant state of anxiety. McRae seemed to border on a melt down, but his sweeping gestures and look of total exasperation in trying to keep up with Pseudolos’ schemes was just hysterical.

Hysterium’s main task was to keep Hero (played by FCT newcomer Joshua Daniels), innocent and pure. Daniels was pretty clueless throughout most of the show. He was starry-eyed towards his true love Philia, a clueless Cretan Courtesan, played naively by Jen Faulconer. Another actor who gave a strong and humorous performance was Scott Strasbaugh, playing the Roman captain Miles Gloriousus. His entrance will not soon be forgotten. His take-charge, no-nonsense attitude was apparent on stage.

Because Fauquier Community Theatre has a uniquely shaped, small stage, the set was simple, but let the audience know you were in ancient Rome. The Set Designers were Lisa Anne Bailey (who also directed) and Nancy Daugherty. The choreography was not complex, but done well. Lisa Anne Bailey choreographed the show’s many dance numbers. Marcus Lycus, (played by Bob Cohen) introduces his courtesans and had each one do a provocative dance. Adrienne Showker created the choreography in that scene.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ran two hours and twenty minutes, with one intermission. It is playing through October 19, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm at the Fauquier Community Theatre in Warrenton, Virginia.

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And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Pseudolos: Michael Baker
  • Senex: Mike Stirling
  • Domina: Kat Brais
  • Hero: Joshua Daniels
  • Hysterium: Allen McRae
  • Erronius: Henry Baxley
  • Mile Gloriosus: Scott Strasbaugh
  • Lycus: Bob Cohen
  • Philia: Jen Faulconer
  • The Courtesans
    • Tintinabula: Madelynn Miller
    • Panacea: Adrienne Showker
    • The Geminae: Christine Lowry, Amy Whitlock
    • Vibrata: Nancy Daugherty
    • Gymnasia: Megan Greytak
    • Sadista: Valerie Chamness

Orchestra

  • Piano/Conductor: Meredyth Stirling
  • Trumpet: Dave Shuma
  • Clarinet: Annette Fakoury
  • Flute (1st and 2nd Weekend): Jessica Schwab
  • Flute (3rd Weekend): Julie Womble
  • Percussion: Marie Juliano
  • Clarinet/Sax, Guitar: Julie Holter

Crew

  • Director: Lisa Anne Bailey
  • Producer: Laurie Abeel
  • Music Director: Meredyth Stirling
  • Choreography: Lisa Anne Bailey
  • Courtesan Choreography: Adrienne Showker
  • Stage Manager: Evelyn Rice
  • Costume Designer: Susan Noe
  • Set Design: Lisa Anne Bailey, Nancy Daugherty
  • Light Design: Ken and Patti Crowley
  • Sound Design: Tim Kirk
  • Set Construction: Nancy Daugherty, Megan Greytak, Richard Mulder
  • Set Painting: Lisa Anne Bailey, Nancy Daugherty, Dee Faulconer, Jen Faulconer, Megan Greytak, Allen McRae
  • Set Dressing: Nancy Daugherty
  • Props: Nancy Daugherty, Amy Whitlock
  • Seamstresses: Chris Galvin, Sandy Malinowski, Teena Stevic
  • Light Board Operator: Evelyn Rice
  • Sound Board Operator: Tim Kirk
  • Make Up and Hair Design: Kat Brais
  • Posters: Nancy Daugherty, Sarah Weathers, Evelyn Rice
  • Opening Night Reception: Laurie Bersack
  • Tickets: Debbie Carter
  • Box Office: Dee Faulconer
  • House Manager: Laurie Abeel
  • Board Liaison: Evelyn Rice
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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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