Theater: Bawdy Beautiful

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a good clean dirty show. It stands for something. It is pro mammal. It is pro burlesque. It is pro the golden corn of vaudeville, flawlessly husked by Zero Mostel, David Burns, Jack Gilford and John Carradine. What Forum brings back to Broadway is good for high, low, middle, and knitted brows—the belly laugh.

This musical comedy is set in pagan Rome and is lewdly adapted from the plays of Plautus, who should really have been named Sub-Plautus. He was a genius at inventing...

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