Archive: Olympus on My Mind
January 31 – March 16, 2014
Music by Grant Sturiale
Book and Lyrics by Barry Harman
Direction by K Strong; Musical Direction by Jason Marks.
Part of The Acts of Faith Theatre Festival
"Musical Treat Delivers Big Laughs"
"Virginia Repertory Theatre's third iteration of Olympus musters belly laughs..."
"Travis’ role requires him to have a split personality, a challenge he takes on with authority
Sommers... possesses a powerful, operatic voice paired with a great sense of comedic timing
Mary Anne Furey is hilarious as Charis, and would have stolen many scenes if Maggie Roop had left any to be stolen.
"Olympus will be on YOUR mind – a can’t miss show!
"Amidst the comic hijinks, silly mistaken identity machinations, and peppy musical numbers, several sly little questions about perception, reality and love get tossed out, almost more effective in their exploration because they aren’t hammered home.
In this jubilant, contemporary take on Greek mythology, Jupiter comes to Earth in human form to woo beautiful Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon. He appears to her in the body of her absent husband and quickly wins her love. Things go swimmingly until the real Amphitryon shows up! While enacting this Hellenic romp, Olympus casts a knowing wink at its showbiz roots. The "Greek" chorus consists of Tom, Dick and Horace, and delightfully dizzy Dolores (who's in the show only because she's the main squeeze of its financial backer, Murray the Furrier). "Percolates with naughty musical comedy fun." The New York Times. "A dazzling musical spoof." Newsday.