Princeton | 1h 30m | Ends Mar 31

The Gods of Comedy

From 5 critic and 2 member reviews
Members say: Delightful, Funny, Must see, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

The McCarter presents Ken Ludwig's ("Lend Me a Tenor," "Baskerville") newest comedy, where the ancient Greek gods of comedy find themselves on the campus of a modern-day university. More…

When a young classics professor puts her career - and her love life - in peril, she calls upon the gods of ancient Greece to save her. However, when the gods of comedy show up to help the professor, things do not go exactly according to plan.

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“Ludwig’s delightful new play...The plot of a farce never benefits from minute dissection, but Oscar, Cannizzaro, and Psomas create such strong and entertaining characters, you willingly suspend disbelief, and the many clever touches pile up one after another, keeping the audience roaring. There are a few lulls in act two, but the pace picks up again...The acting is uniformly strong.” Full Review


"Opened to rapturous laughter and a receptive audience thanks to a bright production and terrific performances...The unpolished script is a bit rough around the edges with several jokes that don't land, due to no fault of the actors. Even so, the play is an entertaining 100 minutes, even if it does not live up to Ludwig's past works...All in all, 'The Gods of Comedy' delivers what is expected: adventure, laughs, and a happy ending." Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Mildly entertaining farce of wacky gods and clueless humans...There are laughs, good exchanges, and some fine hugger-mugger; this is a Ludwig property, after all...But, alas, there’s a first-drafty feeling to ‘Gods of Comedy’ that makes it seem like a 1970s sitcom. At the end, no relationships have gone anywhere...The gods of comedy stride off to new hijinks, already forgetting the travails of Daphne and Ralph, as we are. Not that there aren’t smiles throughout." Full Review


“Ludwig and director Amanda Dehnert turn ancient Greek theatre on its head...This show feels like it really should be a musical...The broad strokes of a charming and clever comedy are hidden under an avalanche of frenetic activity...A cast of excellent NY actors, marvelous costumes, good sound, and clever designers. And yet it feels like it’s running amok...Full of good will and theatrical fluff, this World Premiere just needs sorting out.” Full Review


“A play that is far from ready for the stage. There may be something really funny hidden deep beneath the rash of frenetic antics and the kind of acting...referred to as scenery chewing. But these flaws only compound the play's problems. It's obvious from the first scene that Dehnert does not fully trust the material so she has the actors do everything bigger, faster and louder...Is this play salvageable? Yes, with help of a tough and committed dramaturg." Full Review

Must see, Refreshing, Great writing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if If you love any good comedy play with great acting and farcical elements, and jokes written brilliantly by Ken Ludwig.

Don't see it if If you hate history, if you hate comedy. See it!

During previews
Original, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if interested in a modernized and original greek comedy with fun special effects performed by a wonderful cast with fantastic comedic timing

Don't see it if seeking serious drama

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