It all takes place on a street in ancient Rome, where a scheming slave orchestrates a love affair between his master and a virgin courtesan (don't try that at home!) in order to win his freedom.
Then, present an array of prominent Plainview people as Roman soldiers and aristocrats, brides, slaves and eunuchs, and give new meaning to any decent sense of cross dressing.
The PJC's Patio Players present four performances of the musical "Forum" beginning Saturday, March 17. The book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart is inspired by the farces of Roman playwright Plautus, who satirized life and love and used slapstick and mistaken identities to delight his ancient audiences.
"Forum," has been doing just that since winning multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book, in 1962, with its star, Zero Mostel as the conniving slave Pseudolus. It has had several successful Broadway and London revivals. The most recent starred Nathan Lane in 1996. Whoopie Goldberg also played Pseudolus, the slave who will do anything to gain his freedom.
The PJC production has been in rehearsal for eight weeks under the leadership of prominent Queens director Mark Lord and musical director Ferrante's wife, plays the virgin, Philia.
Returning veterans of the Patio Players, including Plainview lawyer Plainview pediatric dermatologist Rob Hayman and dentist Michael Turk join newcomer , the chairman of the Plainview Water District's Board of Commissioners, on stage in various roles. Olivia Breger plays Domina, who henpecks her stage husband (Hayman) throughout. Oyster Bay Councilwoman of Plainview had plans to make a cameo appearance. The PJC's will appear in a walk-on role.
The core of the cast returns from last year's."
The show's producer, Rob Cohen, also plays the ego-maniacal Roman captain Miles Gloriosus, whose purchase of the virgin is the cause of the madcap adventure and Psuedolus' numerous woes.
Pseudolus is portrayed by Local Editor
“Forum” runs the next two weekends. Saturdays, March 17 and 24 at 8:15 p.m.
Sundays, March 18 and 25 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the door. For ticket information contact Michael at (516) 938-8296.