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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 

When: Sat., Feb. 17, 2 & 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 18, 2 & 7 p.m., Tue., Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Wed., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Thu., Feb. 22, 2 & 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 24, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 25, 2 & 7 p.m.
Phone: 412-316-1600
Email: info@ppt.org
Price: $35-$70
“Something aesthetic, / Something frenetic, / Something for everyone: / A comedy tonight!” Funnymen Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove mined the ancient Roman comedies of Plautus to write the book for the 1962 musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, with its puns, pratfalls, mistaken identities and slamming doors. Their not-so-secret weapon was the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim; critic Terry Teachout recently called this frequently revived tale of a slave trying to earn his freedom by helping his master get the girl “the funniest musical ever written.” If a show with characters named Panacea and Erroneous is your cup of wine, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s new production gets its first performance tonight. The Public’s Ted Pappas directs a big cast including Jimmy Kieffer (pictured) as the slave Pseudolus.
-Bill O’Driscoll

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