I got shanhaied to go to the local production of a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. I do try not to visit Community theatre but often get roped in by friends. I have seen this particular show on Broadway done well and abysmaly in a role trademarked by Zer Mostel butchered by Whoppi Goldberg.
Celebrities on broadway are graded on a different scale. Some like Fritz Weaver and Brooke Shields are great. Others like Anne Heche , Alec Baldwin were below average but are not to be graded as credible Broadway performers. Then there are those who stink and should not be allowed in front of paying audiences like Goldberg ( Goldberg the wrestler would have done better) or Richard Dreyfus who STINK.
The local theatre production was superior given the limitations of local theatre. Its production value was comprable to that of some low end off Broadway shows. The main role made famous by Mostell is difficult to cast as it calls for a NYC scheemer.
This is not an easy role to fill but the local did a better job then Whoppi Goldberg although he made the main role appear as a clown. This is just a difficult role to cast. The brothel owner is supposed to be smarmy but again this is not an easy thing to convey. The female lead was superior and had a voice that was better then some I have heard on broadway. The person who played the father and the Eunuch were excellent in their roles. The Eunuch was amazing considering it was a limited role and he was playing other parts .The person who played the father also excelled. The rest of the cast was above average and a pleasant surprise.
The sole exception was the poor guy who had the role of hero. The less said about that performance the better. Graded as Comunity theatre I give it a 95.