Women in provocative outfits and men in long shirts, which look like dresses, run and dance frantically on a stage as they begin to mount “A funny thing happened on the way to the forum”.
Audiences laugh at the actors who deliberately desynchronize their feet in a kickline in front of three ancient Roman homes – a house full of prostitutes, a house of a wealthy family and their servants, and an empty house abandoned by an old man in search of their children.
This comedy, written by Steven Sondheim, was one of the Drama and Dance Department’s performances this summer for the 2013 Rep Festival. It took place at the FAU University Theater.
“It was really fun,” said Joanna Mandel, an FAU graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. “It was a fun show.”
In the room, a 20-year-old boy, Hero, falls in love with one of the courtesans he sees standing at the window of the neighboring house. Determined to win her love, he makes a deal with one of his slaves, Pseudolus, that if Pseudolus can get him the daughter, he will guarantee Pseudolus’ freedom.
The play continues as Pseudolus tries to do everything to keep Hero and Philia, the virgin courtesan that Hero has fallen in love with, together.
Madness drives Hysterium, the head slave of the House of Hero, mad.
“[The actor who played Hysterium, Gerald Arroyo] just completely let go, he’s really committed to it, ”Mandel said. “The comedy was there.
The audience laughed at the antics and jokes made throughout the show.
“[The audience laughing] is the biggest award in the world for all the hard work we do, ”said actor who played Pseudolus, Terry M. Cain. “It doesn’t feel like work when you’re having so much fun. “
For two months, the actors prepared the show with daily rehearsals, except Monday. Their rehearsals lasted two to three hours each.
“It’s just a lot of fun. It’s like a big family, ”said Sam Streich, the actor who played Gymnasia, one of the courtesans. “I feel like it’s the most fun I’ve ever had working on a show.”
Live music played throughout the show in a room at the side of the stage. The music was performed by FAU students from the music department.
“I think it’s great,” Mendel added. “I think live music is the best. It’s the best way to perform.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” airs since June 28 and will run until July 21. Tickets are available online at fauevents.com.