‘Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’ is spectacularly funny

By Katie Alicea-Tilton
Citizen Chronicle Theatre Critic

SOUTHBRIDGE — Growing up we’ve all heard the traditional fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel.  Now take your childhood memories of these stories and flip them upside-down with humor like you’ve never seen.

The Gateway Players opening night of the Don Zolidis-penned “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” filled the hall of the Southbridge Italian Club with laughter. The local debut was done as dinner theater at the Italian Club, while the remaining shows will be done sans dinner at the Elm Street Congregational Church.

The story takes place in the present day with Robyn Spain and Mikey Dearn narrating tales from the Brothers Grimm, all while the stories are acted out on stage.  This extremely fast paced production brought us many of our favorite childhood stories not in the traditional sense of singing birds, love at first sight and happily ever after’s.  One tale quickly lead into the next and they were all in one way or another related to each other and filled with comedy, suspense and satire.

Although there are a large variety of characters within the tales there was a small cast of 8 actors taking on multiple roles, Spain, Dearn, Josh Raymond, Sarah Hart, Krissi Forgues, Anjolina Fantaroni, Sam Pellegrino and Caity Rogers.  Joe Sawyer, a long time member of Gateway, did a fantastic job in his directorial debut. The entire cast and crew did an outstanding job overall and even included the audience participation.  My personal favorite scene was the skit of Cinderella by Rogers and Raymond, leaving me in tears of laughter.

“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” was a great time for everyone in the room.  I personally will not be able to watch a fairy tale movie the same way again but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as I like to find the funny in everything.  There is still plenty of time to catch the show if you’d like, which I highly recommend.  The remaining shows will take place at Fellowship Hall at the Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, on Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m. and next weekend on June 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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