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.
“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
"Amanda Dehnert meticulously executes Ludwig’s vision. Three scenes, seven actors playing ten characters, special effects, and sound effects are perfectly orchestrated to deliver a Broadway-caliber production. Once again, she demonstrates her ability to flawlessly direct comedy...This company as has perfected their verbal and physical delivery and have great chemistry with each other...Comedy is hard to write, yet Ludwig seems to have discovered the formula." Full Review
"A very funny, Mel-Brooksian romp through academia, Greek mythology, and personal empowerment...A bit of screwball funny business that mixes the seriously staid with bawdy farce, and for the most part it pays off...Dionysius (Brad Oscar) and Thalia (Jessie Cannizzaro) make an unforgettable entrance that picks up the play immediately. Both actors are fully invested in their zany characters...The jokes flow fast and furious as the action continues...The laughter rarely stopped." 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
"There is little concern in dwelling with the functionally thin plot, but rather a concerted effort to hit the punchlines and keep moving. Dehnert and cast craft characters who are by necessity one-note with one job: evoke the laugh...There’s not much to think about or chew on here, but that can wait for other plays: here we laugh." Full Review
“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
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!
See it if Inventive and VERY funny, from an established playwright. This world premier has a superb cast. Show is near perfection. See it now!
Don't see it if You want to wait until it eventually is a Broadway hit so that you can spend oodles more. Just go now!
Also Bonus - easy parking.
See it if you enjoy great comedy with perfect timing by the actors. Cleverly written and very well staged and performed by a talented cast.
Don't see it if if you are looking for a serious drama and do not like comedy that almost verges on slapstick.
See it if You like Ludwig plays even when only sporadically funny, talented actors working hard to make it work
Don't see it if You expect farce, this is no Lend Me a Tenor...not even its sequel . Strong production values for play that needs a rewrite
See it if you need a laugh or love Ken Ludwig. This is a gem of old school slapstick comedy. I laughed from the minute the lights came up. Superb cast
Don't see it if you're very conservative or need something cerebral. This is a physical comedy.
See it if The show is a farce with many witty play on words. The writing was excellent and the acting was first rate. It is a very entertaining show
Don't see it if Don't see it if you like deep dramas.
See it if you want to laugh; you enjoy being surprised; you're tired of pat comic endings; you want to see a surprisingly feminist comic heroine
Don't see it if You don't like to laugh
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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