What happens in Spamalot…Stays in Spamalot!

January 13, 2008 at 9:13 am 3 comments

Yesterday, Doug and I finally got to enjoy our Christmas present from my ‘rents. We went to see Spamalot over at Proctor’s. The theater is a member of some guild, and by being in this guild (I think that’s what it is…) they were able to snag the production. This sucker sold out in record time (and you can’t blame everyone! Come on!)

If you get a chance to see this production, either in NYC or anywhere, this is worth it. Hardcore worth it. They have rolled out the best jokes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (with the exception of the troll bridge…) and thrown in a few new ones.

Doug and I don’t think we’ve laughed this hard in a long time. Not Dead Fred was a big favorite of ours (“I’m not dead yet! I’m feeling better! I think I’m going to pull through.”) as well as the simple fact that they brought out the cow catapult. How can you NOT love a play that makes fun of itself AND catapults cows?

And what was nice about this was that the audience was a very low key one. Yes, everyone was rolling in the aisles, but it was one that wasn’t “snooty.” I’ve been to plays where the audience is “snooty,” and it makes it no fun. This one? People were having to restrain themselves from reciting some of the lines, as they were VERBATUM from the movie.

Oh, and if you go…be aware…you may be pulled on stage depending on where you sit. I wont’ say more..just be warned.

One thing that I was a bit mystified with is the fact that some parents brought their children, who were obviously elemetary school age to see this. This is NOT a “clean” play by any sense of the word. There is a LOT of innapropriate humor here. Not that you wouldn’t expect that from Monty Python, but I definately wouldn’t bring an elementary schooler with me to see this. I just wonder how parents think that they’re going to take their child to see this, and have them NOT repeat some of the lines, especially the off color ones. I must have seen at least 5 elementary age children in the balcony where we were sitting. I just didn’t get it. I wouldn’t have paid for a ticket for Isaac if he was elementary age. These tickets were too expensive!

BUT, those kids were well behaved, so, who knows.

But final verdict? Hilarious. Worth every bit. Ended with a traditional Python sing along.

Killer Rabbit? Check.

Catapulted Cows? Check!

Conversation about the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow? Check!

One great afternoon out? BIG TIME CHECK!

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Entry filed under: fun, hilarity, neato.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris H  |  January 13, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Oh, I sooo envy you!! I REALLY want to see this show!!

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  • 2. ma2jenna  |  January 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I am glad you two were able to have a good time! I am not a fan of M.P. in any way, so it is not my cup of tea, but good for you for having a good day.

    The children: two things could have happened. #1- the parents simply did not realize how the show would be; it happens.

    Or- they simply do not censor in their home. We are pretty much a non-censored home here. I want my child to grow up feeling comfortable enough to talk to us about anything and my feeling is if we allow her to be exposed to the real world with no censors then she may be more open to things. She can watch spongebob (though I do not like it at all!), hear the word stupid 10 times in a show, and then listen to us tell her why that is not nice and she cannot say it. It seems to work for us. Mind you, she won’t see porn or anything LOL but I don’t totally believe in keeping kids sheltered from the world- that is my own childhood problems showing through!

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  • 3. Leah  |  January 13, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hi! Just stopped by for a visit from the scavenger hunt exchange, and I’m enjoying your blog and its tales of motherhood. I saw “Spamalot” in NYC last year, and loved it…although we were in true nosebleed seats. Still, the hilarity and magic carried up to the rafters!

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