2010-07-30 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

‘A Funny Thing’ Is Happening In Fort Tilden

A Wave Review

Cast of Forum Cast of Forum For the past two weekends, audiences at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden have been in stitches at the hilarious antics performed by the fantastic cast during the Rockaway Theatre Company’s latest hit musical production, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This hilarious comedy takes us on a most amusing and totally amazing romp through ancient Rome, borsht-belt style. The book written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart is filled with wit and zany antics which have cracked up audiences during the first seven performances.

The great Stephen Sondheim score is conducted by Jeffrey Arzberger and beautifully played by a talented 12-piece orchestra. Some standout numbers are “Everybody Ought To Have a Maid,” “Pretty Little Picture” and, of course, the production’s theme song “Comedy Tonight,” in which the entire cast is led by Chazmond Peacock, whose portrayal of the slave, Pseudolus, is filled with merriment and absurdity. This weekend the second cast takes to the stage, featuring Tom Kane as Senex, Deborah Fontana as Domina, Walter Birkhold as Marcus Lycus, Rob Fahn as Erronius and Najat Arkadan as Philia. The buzz about the show has been fantastic and many performances are already sold out.

Dan Marsden as Miles Gloriosus Dan Marsden as Miles Gloriosus Forum only runs for two more weekends. Interested theatergoers should call the RTC Hotline at 718-374-6400 or go to www.rockawaytheatrecompany. com for reservations. The final curtain will go down on August 7 but the “buzz” about the show, by those who have already seen it, has been so good that final performances are selling out quickly. Advance reservations are a must!
The Courtesans. The Courtesans.
Chazmond Peacock as Pseudolous Chazmond Peacock as Pseudolous
Najat Arkadan as Phila Najat Arkadan as Phila
The Proteans The Proteans
Domina and Seuex Domina and Seuex
Walter Costello as Marcus Lycus. Walter Costello as Marcus Lycus.

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