The show opens with “Comedy Tonight” (https://open.spotify.com/track/41xOlm3Kl620klE0J2MB7p), a number that breaks through the fourth wall and sets the style of the play as light hearted and family friendly. The comedy was first performed in 1962 and is reminiscent of David Barry’s style. The audience can’t help but say “Oh Gosh” over and over. This play appeals to those nostalgic for the theatre of that time. The scenes with the courtesans might have been scandalous and exciting in the 60’s, but it is quite tame by today’s standards. If you would like a peak into the history of musical theatre, this is the show for you!
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” runs through May 24 at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Avenue. Most performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call (773) 327-5252 or visit porchlightmusicaltheatre.org.