Classic madcap musical 'Forum' down to just 3 shows

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Miles Gloriosus, played by Alec Paulson, stands behind his soldier guards as Pseudolus, played by Scott Severance, left, looks on.during last night's showing at the ROH. (Rochester Voice photo),

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" wraps up its three-week run at the Rochester Opera House this weekend.

This iconic Broadway musical and comedic romp features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart of M*A*S*H fame.

Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, Forum tells the bawdy story of a cunning slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. This hilarious vaudeville romp features every Funny Thing you can imagine (including the kitchen sink) - rubber chickens, banana peels, cream pies, puns, love potions, mistaken identity, chase scenes, beautiful showgirls and, of course, a happy ending.

Presented by PerSeverance Productions, the company that has brought its acclaimed national tour of Christmas Carol to the Opera House for the last two years (and to over 65,000 patrons across the country over the last four years), Forum will feature the antics of Seacoast Clown Prince Scott H. Severance as Pseudolus, and a professional cast of zanies sure to leave you breathless with slapstick merriment.

The final three shows include Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Don't miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this marvelous show.

See Rochester Voice review here.

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