'Spamalot' brings inspired medieval lunacy to Niceville

Spamalot

Nick Trolian’s King Arthur expresses his frustration, having told Brother Maynard, played by Javonte Coleman, to “skip a bit” as he read a ponderous passage of the Book of Armament. Stephen Shouse’s Patsy, right, shares his liege’s opinion.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 01:43 PM.

An actor must know how to act before he or she can successfully act goofy.

And if it’s a musical comedy, that actor better be able to sing and, as needed, dance while acting goofy.

Fortunately for local audiences, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” opening tonight on the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage, features actors who can do all three, and do it well.

I must confess a bit of prejudice before I get into the details. I’ve been a Monty Python fan since Dean Martin introduced some of the group's earliest sketches on his mid-1970s summer variety show.

Being a fan of the British comedy troupe also gives me a critical eye toward anyone performing their material, so I was prepared to cast aspersions at any “Spamalot” bits not done well.

But there weren’t any.

It’s a hoot and a howl from opening to closing curtain.



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