August 15, 2012
Oh the intricacies of Harry Potter’s wizardly adventures. Divulged in seven books, the magical tale is hijacked by sophomoric, postmodern clowns Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner headlining “Potted Potter” at the Little Shubert Theater.
Tripping fantastically from one book to another, the two congenial performers punch out the key points like the good guys, the bad guys and the end of the story. Elementary school theater sets add to the homemade feeling of the production. The only thing missing is a white mattress sheet doubling as a curtain.
Knowledge of the single most popular book in current history is nice, but really not necessary. Audience members are called upon to sing, shout out lines, act up and bang a huge, plastic ball around the theater in a mock game of Quidditch.
One is lanky the other dowdy, but both exude a warmth and "joie de good humor" that pulls the audience into their adorably wacky and twisted universe.
Written by Clarkson and Turner and directed by Richard Hurst, “Potted Potter” will probably thrive in a never-ending life on the college campus circuit.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis