by Martin Brady
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, this tuneful laugh-fest hearkens back to the age of Roman playwright Plautus, enlivening his ancient comic situations with vaudevillian flair and catchy songs. It’s staged with relative infrequency for a show that has such strong craftsmen, probably because playing the broad comedy well is a fairly stiff challenge.
The new Keeton Theatre production has its creative A-team in place, meaning direction and choreography by Kate Adams–Johnson and musical direction by Ginger Newman. There are some familiar local musical theater names among the cast of 15, including Randall Cooper, Cat Arnold, Tonya Pewitt and Scott Stewart.