REVIEW: Disorder in the court at Madrigal Dinner (PHOTOS)

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 02:05 PM.

But the show: oh my, what fun we had!

Michael Brooks, whom we enjoyed in the school drama program’s fall production “Dear Ruth,” was exuberantly goofy as the court jester, the evening’s master of ceremonies who becomes involved in a plot by recently disgraced nobleman Merton to unseat his majesty the king.

Sean Rush, as Merton, was a fun combination of swashbuckling swagger and calculating guile. Trevor Vaughn’s king had the right degree of pomposity coupled with a dignified regal bearing.

No good Renaissance tale would be complete without a sorceress, and Paula Cooke as Morgana Werechild not only boasted an elegant evilness, her name also set up an amusing running gag: “Werechild?” “There child.”

The allusion to Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” wasn’t the only gag that probably had to be explained to the student performers, none of whom were born when the 1974 film opened. “Send in the guards!” was usually followed by, “Don’t bother; they’re here,” a poke at “Send in the Clowns” from Stephen Sondheim’s musical “A Little Night Music.”

There’s also a hysterical reference to a Barry Manilow hit:"I right the wrongs that make the whole world ring," Morgana intoned duirng the first act.

Great night of performances

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