Blending Catskill humor, slapstick, and Greek/Roman mythology, Greeks 6—Trojans 5 is an intriguing concept parodying Homer’s fable of the Trojan Horse. The show features some fine performances, musical interludes, and entertaining bits as it satirizes modern warfare and technologies.
Greeks 6—Trojans 5 reveals the story behind Agememnon’s (David Zurak) plotting to capture Helen from Troy and so end the Greek-Trojan War. He devises a giant wooden horse as a sneak attack on the Trojans but needs men to fill it. Are the men who staff it heroes or cowards?
Chuck Faerber’s script includes salutes to Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” and Edgar Kennedy’s slow burn, along with witty puns, alliteration, and postmodern touches satirizing iPads and PowerPoint Presentations. The few songs help define some of the characters, but too much of the story is revealed through discussion, not singing. Choreography adds nice touches, but the singing could use a little work.
Christopher T. Wood, David Ghilardi, and Geoffrey Kennedy add nice comic bits. Expressive John Marzilli makes Megamanus pompous but funny.
Director Rick Kuhlman’s creative staging makes excellent use of the small stage, the perfect claustrophobic interior of the wooden horse. Matt Richter’s lighting and Phillip Browne’s sound design add nice effects. Shannon Kennedy makes witty use of plastic flowerpot bottoms as shields, camouflage, and plastic ponchos for costumes.
Greeks 6—Trojans 5 has some witty moments parodying the Greek/Roman War and the Trojan Horse, but ends up being slightly too long to sustain its premise.
Theatre Planners presents Greeks 6—Trojans 5 playing Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Sept. 8 at the Whitefire Theatre located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. Tickets cost $25, and can be purchased at plays411.com, or by calling (323) 960-7774.