Orpheus Theatre takes on a Tony Award-winning Broadway production based on the comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Should you see it?
Monty Python’s Spamalot is a very fun and very silly ensemble piece. For fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it means you’ll get the chance to see your favorite scenes onstage. The stage production also adds in another layer of hilarity in the form of a large dose of Broadway meta-humor. Combine all that with catchy and clever songs and you have a show that had me laughing from start to finish.
The year is 932 A.D. and King Arthur has been given a very special quest from God himself. He must venture forth with his Knights of the Round Table to find the lost Holy Grail, facing many dangers along the way. Luckily for us, most of these dangers are bordering on the absurd, from an enchanter with a killer rabbit to an entire fortress of taunting French people and beyond.
This is a very ambitious production, since it features so many elements; multiple set and costume changes, group numbers and performers playing multiple characters. This energetic cast is definitely up to the task – I’m impressed that the excitement level didn’t waver throughout the entire show. There are some standouts as well, such as J. Taylor Morris, who throws himself into any role from Not Dead Fred to the feminine Price Herbert. Réjean Mayer is excellent as King Arthur’s loyal servant Patsy. Andréa Black also shines as The Lady of Lake, particularly when she sings “The Diva’s Lament”. Gab Desmond makes a great Sir Galahad, going from an activist peasant to a dashing knight in no time. Although Thomas Franzky does a good job overall with King Arthur, he lacks the stage presence and command of a king in charge of a band of knights who would follow him to the ends of the earth.
Bob Lackey’s direction sets a good pace, while Christa Cullain adds some neat and hilarious choreography. Jennifer Donnelly’s set is appropriately cartoonish and sets the tone for the evening. Spamalot is a fast-paced, proudly silly and energetic show sure to please any Broadway fans. The audience and the cast feed off each other nicely in a loop of goofiness that made for a fun evening.
But that’s just my opinion and we’d love to hear what you think. What scene in Spamalot made you laugh the most? Let us know in the comments below!
Full details, show times, and more photos can be found in our show article for Spamalot.