Arts & Entertainment

'Funny Thing,' 'Fiction' also on stage

Another Stephen Sondheim musical follows Assassins when CBC's Summer Showcase continues July 18 with its outdoor production of the hilarious spoof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The story, which was inspired by the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, tells the bawdy tale of a slave who tries to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

The plot displays classic elements of farce, puns, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another) and satirical comments on social class. The production features a two-tiered set with many doors.

The final installment of the Summer Showcase is the comedic drama Fiction, which opens July 20. The story follows the relationship of married writers who thrive on the give and take of their unusually honest and candid relationship. But boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down when the couple decide to share their diaries with each other.

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