'Forum' Full of Follies, Anticipation Awaits

Fullerton College Hornet  - Julie Anne Ines - Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

Friends, Collegians, countrymen (and women)! Lend the Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department your ears!

The department's latest musical comedy, staged by Gary Krinke and John Vaughan, "A ·Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum;' promises an enjoyable, lighthearted theatrical experience.

And, being a Stephen Sondheim musical, audiences' may find. some aural appeal within the score as well.

The production follows Pseudolus, a Roman slave, after he strikes a bargain with his love-struck young master.

In exchange, for his freedom, the scheming servant will clear . the Wa.y for the young man to meet the beautiful maiden he's admired from afar.

Problem is, she's been promised · to a jealous (and

gigantic) warrior.

However, Pseudous will try anything, from vestal, "*gins to eunuchs in tunics, to be free.

Unlike the past two spring musical productions of "Sideshow" and "Cabaret," "Forum" does not take itself seriously, Krinke said.

If you're a fan of Tootsie and devotedly Tivo M*A*S*H, then you'll probably feel right at home in the Campus Theatre watching "Forum" as it was written by the same guy that did both.

A little politically incorrect at times and really fun, fast and colorful, Krinke stated that "Forum" is not for those that want to think too hard at the theatre.

The story is merely a frame for the relentless series of one old vaudevillian joke after another, and has everything that has been making farces raucously comic for the past 2000< years - mistaken identities, masquerades, lecherous old duffers chasing pretty girls, and young· lovers panting to get married.

Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Box office, Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Reservations may also be made by calling (714) 992~7433 during box office hours. The box office will also open one hour prior to curtain.

General admission price is $15 Students and senior Citizens are $12.50.