Get Thee to the Stanley
Warning: If you are not a fan of Monty Python, you may not be interested in this play, for there are those who find the combination of wit, farce and silliness of the Monty Python troupe hilarious, while others just look at their sketches and say, “Huh? That’s just stupid.”
Spamalot is Eric Idle’s musical stage adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The multi-talented Idle wrote the book, lyrics and music for this stage production. John Du Prez is credited as music co-writer. It is filled with the silliness, puns and rudeness that the Brits are so famous for.
Nothing, or no one escapes being parodied in this rendition of King Arthur. Fans of the TV series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus will recognize references to familiar characters and sketches interwoven with allusions to Broadway stereotypes.
Kudos to the entire cast, the singing and dancing are all superb with Terra C. MacLeod, as Lady of the Lake, putting in one of the most dynamic performances. Her voice is incredible as is her ability to switch voices and accents. One of the first songs is the completely silly Fisch Schlapping Dance, followed by other classics such as “I’m Not Dead Yet” and “The Song that Goes Like This” all in the first Act. The second Act includes such memorable songs as “Brave Sir Robin”, “Whatever Happened to My Part?”, “Twice in Every Show” and the favourite, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” as the finale.
No matter how many times I’ve seen it, the, Knights Who Say “Ni” segment never fails to crack me up. The Arts Club Theatre has done a wonderful job with this play. It is their season finale. Spamalot, which runs for two hours and fifteen minutes, including intermission, plays at the Stanley Theatre on Granville until June 29.