History Theatre / AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum

5th Aug '17 10:06:38 AM KingLyger
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A {{Farce}} {{Musical}} based on the plays of [[Creator/{{Plautus}} Titus Maccius Plautus]], with a book by Burt Shevelove and Creator/LarryGelbart and music and lyrics by Creator/StephenSondheim. Set in AncientRome, it's about a slave, Pseudolus (Greek, "false liar"), helping his master's son woo the GirlNextDoor in exchange for his freedom. Along the way they get involved with the affairs of the houses on either side of them: one is a "[[TheOldestProfession house of ill repute]]" run by Marcus Lycus; the other the home of an old near-sighted man named Erronius (Latin ''errare'', "to wander" or "to make a mistake").

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A {{Farce}} {{Musical}} based on the plays of [[Creator/{{Plautus}} Titus Maccius Plautus]], with a book by Burt Shevelove and Creator/LarryGelbart Larry Gelbart and music and lyrics by Creator/StephenSondheim. Set in AncientRome, it's about a slave, Pseudolus (Greek, "false liar"), helping his master's son woo the GirlNextDoor in exchange for his freedom. Along the way they get involved with the affairs of the houses on either side of them: one is a "[[TheOldestProfession house of ill repute]]" run by Marcus Lycus; the other the home of an old near-sighted man named Erronius (Latin ''errare'', "to wander" or "to make a mistake").
2nd Aug '17 2:37:03 PM KingLyger
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* BadassBaritone: Miles Gloriosus, especially compared to rivals {{Henpecked Husband}} Senex and {{Tenor Boy}} Hero.

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* BadassBaritone: Miles Gloriosus, especially compared to rivals {{Henpecked Husband}} HenpeckedHusband Senex and {{Tenor Boy}} TenorBoy Hero.



* ButtMonkey: Hysterium.
* ChekhovsGun: The passion potion that Senex tells Hysterium to make. [[spoiler: Pseudolus ends up drinking it by accident. In the movie, it's Domina who drinks it]]

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* ButtMonkey: Hysterium.
Hysterium gets humiliated and outsmarted by Pseudolus at every turn.
* ChekhovsGun: The passion potion that Senex tells Hysterium to make. [[spoiler: Pseudolus ends up drinking it by accident. In the movie, it's Domina who drinks it]]it.]]



* DeusExMachina: Not in the literal sense (sadly), but Erronius just shows up at the end and solves everyone's problems (including his own) completely by accident. Legendary comedian Creator/BusterKeaton played him in the movie so that they could have bits of physical comedy with him throughout. Legend has it that the director, concerned with Keaton's advanced age, refused to let him do any physical comedy moments. Keaton bribed the cameraman to film him doing some pratfalls anyway and they were worked into the film.

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* DeusExMachina: Not in the literal sense (sadly), sense, but Erronius just shows up at the end and solves everyone's problems (including his own) completely by accident. Legendary comedian Creator/BusterKeaton played him in the movie so that they could have bits of physical comedy with him throughout. Legend has it that the director, concerned with Keaton's advanced age, refused to let him do any physical comedy moments. Keaton bribed the cameraman to film him doing some pratfalls anyway and they were worked into the film.



* HearMeTheMoney: Upon their first visit to the bath house, Pseudolus gets Lycus to pay attention by jingling a bag of coins.
-->'''Lycus:''' I know that sound... and I love it!



* HighClassCallGirl: The courtesans.

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* HighClassCallGirl: The courtesans.courtesans, available for hundreds of mina.



* IncomingHam: Miles Gloriosus.

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* IncomingHam: Miles Gloriosus.Gloriosus gets an entire song dedicated just to his entrance.



** Miles Gloriosus, the bombastic, egotistical captian who never has a scene without shouting at least once.

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** Even considering the play is a WorldOfHam, Miles Gloriosus, the bombastic, egotistical captian captain who never has a scene without shouting at least once.once, manages to out-ham everyone else.



* ProfessionalButtKisser: Hysterium got to be the head slave of Senex mostly by constantly kissing ass.



* RuleOfThree: "He thrashed Thrace thrice?"
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: The stage version can feature this.

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* RuleOfThree: "He thrashed raped Thrace thrice?"
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: The stage version can feature this.this during the closing chase scene.
23rd Jul '17 3:53:13 PM slvstrChung
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* OscarBait: defied. It's fairly obvious that this show was never intended to woo critics. And yet, every time it opens on Broadway, the person playing Pseudolus (first Mostel, then Silvers, and finally Creator/NathanLane in 2005) wins a Tony for it.
30th Jun '17 11:33:39 PM TroperBeDoper
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* * JerkassHasAPoint: Sure, Miles Gloriosus is not exactly a great guy but the only reason he's bothering the protagonists at all is because they're attempting to take the bride he paid for fair and square.

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* * JerkassHasAPoint: Sure, Miles Gloriosus is not exactly a great guy but the only reason he's bothering the protagonists at all is because they're attempting to take the bride he paid for fair and square.
30th Jun '17 11:33:05 PM TroperBeDoper
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* * JerkassHasAPoint: Sure, Miles Gloriosus is not exactly a great guy but the only reason he's bothering the protagonists at all is because they're attempting to take the bride he paid for fair and square.
29th May '17 12:32:46 PM nombretomado
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* ThrowItIn: Done InUniverse... in a way. At one point Pseudolus pretends to be a FortuneTeller to distract Erronius. He will sometimes turn to the audience and ask for help. (In one version, Erronius' reply was, "[[WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Is that your final answer?]]")

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* ThrowItIn: Done InUniverse... in a way. At one point Pseudolus pretends to be a FortuneTeller to distract Erronius. He will sometimes turn to the audience and ask for help. (In one version, Erronius' reply was, "[[WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire "[[Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Is that your final answer?]]")
31st Mar '17 11:22:31 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* {{Aesop}}: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and subverted. "Morals tomorrow! Comedy tonight!" (See SpoofAesop, below.)

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* {{Aesop}}: {{An Aesop}}: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and subverted. "Morals tomorrow! Comedy tonight!" (See SpoofAesop, below.)
13th Dec '16 3:31:46 AM Murataku
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The play opened in 1962, and did well enough to spawn a film (1966) and many revivals. The film was directed by Richard Lester and starred Zero Mostel as Pseudolus (reprising his part from the Broadway production), Creator/PhilSilvers as Marcus Lycus (the proprietor of the whorehouse), and Creator/BusterKeaton as Erronius in his final film role. The stage version has featured, among others, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Creator/GaryChalk.

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The play opened in 1962, and did well enough to spawn a film (1966) and many revivals. The film was directed by Richard Lester and starred Zero Mostel as Pseudolus (reprising his part from the Broadway production), Creator/PhilSilvers as Marcus Lycus (the proprietor of the whorehouse), and Creator/BusterKeaton as Erronius in his final film role. The stage version has featured, among others, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg, Geoffrey Rush and Creator/GaryChalk.
26th Nov '16 3:40:50 PM CharlesTheBold
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* RuleOfThree: "He raped Thrace thrice?"

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* RuleOfThree: "He raped thrashed Thrace thrice?"
7th Oct '16 5:21:23 PM darkchiefy
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* GenderNeutralNarrator: Pseudolus is usually played by a male actor, but Whoopi Goldberg replaced Nathan Lane in a Broadway revival.
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