Neither of us knew what to expect. It was hilarious, of course. It was also ingeniously presented.
Most impressive was how some scenes from the movie that are seared into the consciousness of my generation—the Black Knight at the bridge, the Killer Rabbit—which would seem unstageable, were realized on stage with wit and art.
Most of the new material, including the high point: “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway” (“There's a very small percentile, / Who enjoys a dancing gentile.”) were parodies of Broadway musical conventions. The embodiment of all this, The Lady of the Lady, was a pip. Her “Song that goes like this” and “The Diva’s lament” simultaneously conveyed sentiment while mocking it. Her whole part takes place inside scare quotes, and Merle Dandridge tread the tricky path with style.
Matthew Greer was the evening’s overachieving clown, playing not only Lancelot but the Knight of Ni, Tim the Enchanter but and, best of all, The French Taunter.