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      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

      Kristopher Kluhsman as Pseudolus

      A farcical comedy set in ancient Rome is coming to the Theatre North in Ironwood beginning Thursday night.

      Stephen Sondheimâ??s â??A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forumâ?? will be performed seven times this weekend and next by Ironwoodâ??s community theatre troupe.

      â??Itâ??s about servants who know more than their master and always playing tricks on them. Itâ??s about young lovers who canâ??t get married because their parents donâ??t want them to; weâ??ve all heard that before,â?? said show director, Helen Fashbaugh. â??Itâ??s every clichà in the book in just a joyful, joyful musical.â??

      â??This musical is basically like Murphyâ??s Law from front to back,â?? said Kristopher Kluhsman, who plays Pseudolus. â??Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.â??

      The story is based around the character, Pseudolus, a slave in the house of Senex, who desires nothing more than to be free. Along with his friends, Pseudolus schemes to buy his freedom.

      â??So upon hearing that his young master, Hero, is in love with a courtesan from the house of Lycus, Pseudolus tries to do whatever he can to win the courtesanâ??s heart and earn his freedom,â?? explained Kluhsman. â??But, of course, not everything goes according to plan.â??

      The musical comes complete with a pit orchestra of community members as well, and the cast of 14 ranges from teens to seniors.

      â??Itâ??s the whole gambit of age,â?? said Fashbaugh. â??Itâ??s a community theatre. Some of these people have had a great deal of experience. Others, none at all.â??

      Though the cast and crew say the vaudeville-style slapstick production will keep the audience laughing throughout, they say the show will be best enjoyed by teens and older.

      â??There are mistaken identities, there are men in drag, thereâ??s plotting and potions and fake deaths, and every gimmick you can find in comedy is in this play,â?? said Fashbaugh.

      â??A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forumâ?? will be presented April 3 through 5 at 7 p.m., April 6 at 2 p.m., April 11 and 12 at 7 p.m., and April 13 at 2 p.m.

      Tickets to the show will be $10.