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‘Spamalot’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre is foolish and silly and hilarious


[This review was originally published on January 24, 2022. A three-week encore of the production — with the same cast and creative team — will run from August 5 to 21, 2022. See the updated trailer and ticket info below.]

It’s mentioned that dying is simple and comedy is tough. Which may be true, however I’m happy to report that the proficient and sport solid of Monty Python’s Spamalot, operating at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia by means of March 20, makes comedy look easy and dying very humorous. Tailored “lovingly” from the basic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail with guide and lyrics by unique Python member Eric Idle and music by Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot, which gained the Tony Award for Finest Musical in 2005, is a parody of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Spherical Desk. Don’t fear, familiarity with the movie and even the story of King Arthur shouldn’t be required.

The solid of ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot.’ Photograph by Jeri Tidwell Images.

In Spamalot, the plot, because it have been, takes a backseat to the introduction of numerous goofy characters and hilarious track and dance numbers as King Arthur and his knights journey the English countryside seeking the chalice Jesus allegedly drank from on the Final Supper. However the story is actually simply an excuse for intelligent wordplay and good sight gags. The laughs come at a clip, quick and livid, and Director/Choreographer Mark Minnick retains the tempo brisk and the humor, for essentially the most half, broad, which is precisely what this type of comedy requires.

The solid is uniformly wonderful, however I used to be particularly taken with Adam Grabau, who works quadruple obligation as Sir Lancelot, The French Taunter, King Ni, and Tim the Enchanter. His “popping out” quantity, “His Title Is Lancelot”, is just like the Village Folks’s “YMCA” as reimagined by Carmen Miranda. The seemingly limitless parade of costumes was coordinated by Marianne VanStee and Janine Sunday from unique designs by Tim Hatley. And talking of Ms. Sunday, she additionally performs the Girl of the Lake. Gifted with a strong voice and sharp comedic timing, she shines in all of her numbers, however particularly in “The Tune That Goes Like This”, a parody of energy ballads from the British mega-musicals of the Nineteen Eighties and the soulful “Discover Your Grail,” a rousing gospel-type quantity.

I wish to single out David James, who is totally hysterical within the small however memorable roles of Historian, Not Useless Fred, Minstrel, and Prince Herbert. Get this proficient comedic actor a one-man present, instantly!

The French Taunter (Adam Grabau) and (David James) in ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot.’ Photograph by Jeri Tidwell Images.

Though subtlety is nearly all the time kryptonite to humor like this, it really works completely within the bodily comedy between King Arthur (Jordan Stockdale, understudying Alan Hoffman) and his oft-taken-for-granted sidekick Patsy (Quadry Brown, understudying Joey Ellinghaus) within the 11 o’clock quantity “I’m All Alone.”

If I had one quibble with this manufacturing, it’s that the sound design is often muddy. It was considerably obscure the dialogue at first of the present and through a number of of the songs. However that is minor.

The Girl of the Lake (Janine Sunday) and Sir Galahad (Justin Calhoun) singing ‘The Tune That Goes Like This’ in ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot.’ Photograph by Jeri Tidwell Images.

Spamalot is foolish and silly. And I imply that as the very best reward. I believe we’re all entitled to some senseless enjoyable after getting by means of the previous two years. And Spamalot is simply what the physician ordered.

Working Time:  Two hours half-hour, together with one 15-minute intermission.

Monty Python’s Spamalot performs August 5 by means of 21, 2022, at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Highway in Columbia, MD. Showtimes are Tuesday by means of Sunday, and showtimes and costs differ. Senior, navy, and group charges can be found. Tickets will be bought instantly by means of the field workplace by calling 410-730-8311. To buy tickets on-line, go to Ticketmaster.com. 

The Toby’s Dinner Theatre COVID security coverage is right here.

The playbill for Monty Python’s Spamalot is right here.

With Brandon Bedore, Marykate Brouillet, Quadry Brown, Justin Calhoun, Morganne Chu, Joey Ellinghaus, Adam Grabau, Alan Hoffman, David James, Amanda Kaplan, Shawn Kettering, Alexis Krey, Shane Lowry, Ariel Messeca, Jeffrey Shankle, Jordan Stockdale, Janine Sunday, Patricia “Pep” Targete, and Brook Urquhart, Set Design by David A. Hopkins, Lighting Design by Lynn Joslin, Sound Design by Mark Smedley, Costume Coordination by Marianne Vanstee and Janine Sunday, Unique Costume Design by Tim Hatley

 

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