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There was Nothing Rotten about "Something Rotten! A Very New Musical"

Date: October 15, 2023

On a crisp autumn afternoon, six members from the Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) met at the Visual & Performance Arts Center on the Danbury WestConn campus for a highly enjoyable matinee performance of the Tony Award-nominated play, "Something Rotten." The sold-out event promised an unforgettable theatrical experience, and it did not disappoint. With a sold-out venue, the stage was set for a day of laughter, music, and a good dose of Shakespearean humor.

"Something Rotten" is a musical comedy that takes a clever and humorous look at the world of Shakespeare and Renaissance England, offering a satirical twist on the Bard's life and times. Set in the 1590s, the play centers on two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, struggling to make a name for themselves in the theatrical world. Desperate to outshine the legendary William Shakespeare, they embark on a daring journey to create the world's first musical, even though they're not entirely sure what a musical is.

The play's brilliant ensemble cast brought the characters to life, infusing the stage with energy and charisma. HFFC and GDAMC members were treated to a spectacular performance, with standout portrayals by the leads and the supporting cast. The humor was sharp, and the timing impeccable, ensuring continuous laughter and entertainment throughout the show.

One of the highlights of the performance was the exceptional musical score. The songs, composed by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, were a delightful blend of catchy tunes and witty lyrics. The musical numbers had the audience tapping their feet and humming along, showcasing the remarkable talents of the cast and the live orchestra.

The comedic take on Shakespearean works and characters was a sheer delight. From Shakespeare (played by a female) portrayed as a rockstar-like figure to the hilariously exaggerated renditions of famous plays, including "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Othello," the play was a clever and lighthearted homage to the world of the Bard. It was evident that the actors and creative team had done their research and infused the production with authentic and hilarious Shakespearean references. The cast were having a blast!

After the performance, the members revisited a recent Foodie place, (Rosy Tomorrow’s) for a lively discussion over post-show dinner. The topic ranged from the costumes worn, the energy of the young actors, and of course the play's most memorable moment: "Omelette." Without giving away too many spoilers, let's just say that the reference to Shakespeare's famous "Hamlet" soliloquy was a standout comedic moment that had the entire audience in stitches.

In conclusion, the matinee performance of "Something Rotten" at WestConn, Danbury was a resounding success. The brilliant acting, catchy music, and Shakespearean humor made it a must-see theatrical experience. HFFC members left the theater with smiles on their faces and an appreciation for the clever, entertaining world of "Something Rotten." If you missed this sold-out show, keep an eye out for future productions, and make sure you don't let this theatrical gem pass you by, which runs through Sunday, October 22.

Speaking of the October 22 date, the next Theatre event is “Toxic Avenger” at the Town Players of New Canaan at 2 PM. ‘Based on Lloyd Kaufman's cult film and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all: an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play... well, everyone else ... bullies, mobsters, old ladies and stiletto-wearing backup singers. The show also features the most memorable and unbelievable duet you'll ever see on any stage.’

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