Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience
A Parody by Dan Clarkson and Jefferson Turner
What is it?
A parody retelling of the seven books in the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Dan and Jeff play all of the main characters, get a little help from audience members and put on an audience-interactive game of Quidditch in a brisk 70-minute, intermissionless performance (that really ran about 85 minutes the day I saw it).
What are the highlights?
It is a lot of fun, even if you haven’t ever read any of the books or seen any of the movies (like me — well, I saw the first movie, but that is as far as my Hogwarts training goes). The technique is to “read” through the books, so everything is explained — at least well enough to follow. A friend who attended with me, who has enjoyed the Potter series, said there is a lot of funny stuff in there for the more knowledgeable too. She laughed a lot at a bit involving a snake. The day I attended, a particularly hyper child was selected to come up on stage and added quite a bit to the audience’s laughter. Some little kids seated near me thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
What are the lowlights?
A rather lengthy introduction bit cobs up the works and isn’t necessary. Once Jeff and Dan get into the actual parody, the fun begins. Interestingly, the ending is a bit of a let down. Fine tuning on both ends will make this a sharper presentation.
What else do I need to know?
This show has played to sold-out houses in Toronto, London, Edinburgh, Australia and New Zealand, and plays at the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 West 42nd St., between 9th and 10th avenues, NYC through Aug. 12. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 .
This Show Contains:
– If you are OK with Harry Potter, you and your kids of all ages should enjoy this.