Tuesday, September 8, 2015

See the violence inherent in the system at Orlando Shakes' production of 'Spamalot'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 5:26 PM

click to enlarge LANDON ST. GORDON
  • Landon St. Gordon
If you’re the kind of person who likes to put on your best bad British accent and throw one-liners into conversations, or you’re the kind of person who makes eyes roll at parties by reciting lengthy passages from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (or even if you just like that one gimmick where the dudes run all over creation clomping coconut shells together and pretending to ride horses), you’re in for a treat. Orlando Shakes is staging a production of the Tony award-winning musical Spamalot. The show wasn’t produced or written by Monty Python – it was, as they say, “lovingly ripped off” by Python member Eric Idle – and some members of the group aren’t fans of the musical at all (looking at you, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones). But large parts of it hew to the absurd story you know and love – expect to encounter killer rabbits, flying cows and the infamous Knights Who Say Ni – and fans just eat the stuff up. When this show was recently staged in Raleigh, North Carolina, it sold out before it even opened, and the theater company that staged it added another weekend before opening night. Expect to find yourself resisting the urge to talk about shrubberies and brave, brave Sir Robin for at least a week after seeing this.

through Oct. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St. | 407-447-1700 | orlandoshakes.org | $30-$60

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