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Lots of Laughs in 'Spamalot' at The Ritz Theatre Company in Oaklyn New Jersey


SpamalotSwift on the heels of the Ritz Theatre Company's successful mounting of The Producers, they take on another heavy hitting mega musical with Spamalot. The Ritz is the first regional theater in the area to present Spamalot.

There's something wonderful about indulging yourself in purely loony, daffy entertainment now and then to break up a stress-filled world. This musical aims for the target and hits the mark.

Telling the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, "Spamalot" features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and the bludgeoned knight, the knights who say "Ni," Tim the enchanter and the Lady of the Lake, flying cows and a giant wooden war rabbit. No, it's not a bad dream. In fact, Monty Python’s Spamalot is a clever mix of slapstick with sophisticated British humor at its best, flirting with poor taste and bawdy language that delights the audience all the more. 

The cast does an admirable job of upholding the insanity. Mike Bracken’s King Arthur is very effective as he attempts to lead his band of dysfunctional knights. As the Lady of the Lake, Kemper Florin lives in a pond delivering swords that make kings. Florin plays the swamp woman like an old-school diva in a most flamboyant fashion; truly a musical in her own mind. Patrick Kelly the King’s Patsy is as he says “wet-his-pant excited” and does a great job as the coconut tapping charge. A standout performance is offered by Brian Walsh who plays multiple roles from Not Dead Fred, a French Guard and Prince Herbert.

Sets and staging are sufficient with the exception of the killer rabbit who is more of a bunny. The comedy works, the audience howls and that’s all that adds up to additional shows. Visit www.ritztheatreco.org.


Photo Credit: Ritz PR