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When entering a theater playing a musical you’ve enjoyed numerous times, it’s comforting to open the playbill to find the names of proven talents that reassure that you and the material are in good hands. Names, for instance, like Mike Westrich, Bruce Linser, Mallory Newbrough, Paul Reekie and Jim Ballard – some of the dependable hands delivering a solid entertaining edition of the delightful Little Shop of Horrors from MNM Productions.
MNM’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company is intermittently lit with incandescent performances worth the price of admission by themselves, but the overall piece disappointingly lacks crispness, passion and, until the last 10 minutes, heart.
The MNM production of Monty Python’s Spamalot is silly and stupid.
Thank goodness. This edition of one of the funniest musicals of the past couple of decades revels in, savors, exults, wallows in the anarchic wacky vibe enshrined in the source material, the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Sometimes stage theatricality more effectively thrusts you inside the head of someone completely alien to your own experience than the hyper-reality of a film is able to convey. A prime example is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime currently in the middle of a criminally short run at the Kravis Center ending Sunday.
Bullets Over Broadway, a musical based on the Woody Allen film, fits an undemanding appetite for light entertainment at the Kravis Center. But it’s what some theater fans call a “Why Musical,” as in why bother musicalizing the original near-perfect property.