the Unauthorized Harry Experience, a spoof of the famed Harry
Potter series of books and films, is engendering waves of laughter at the
Little Shubert Theatre on West 42nd street between 9th
and 10th in New York City.
Harry Potter fans will
be in seventh heaven during the 70 minutes without intermission. There is lots
of audience participation and a lively game of Quidditch! Folks like me, who have not had time to read
Harry Potter books or see the films, will find a great deal to learn and enjoy
in this rollicking review written and performed by two hard-working actors:
Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. Directed by Richard Hurst, these two
fellows play many roles, wear many wigs, and never stop moving as they actually
tell the condensed stories of all seven books. They are so good at what they do
thatI have been inspired to read these popular Gothic adventures this summer!
Because I felt out of my
element in reviewing “Potted Potter”, I took along experts in the field: my 12
year old granddaughters, Hannah and Charlotte. They, of course, have read every
book and seen each film. They know all the beloved characters and expressions,
and recommend this fast-paced production. Both felt that some of the characters
were treated a little too meanly and took issue with a statement that Harry
Potter himself was boring. (I do hate that word!) But we explained that this
was satire, English satire.
has grown from a five–minute street show in 2005 to this
one hour show, touring Edinburgh, England and Australia. In 2012, it was
nominated for the Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award in the UK. That’s
the equivalent of our Tony Award.
For all information about “Potted Potter” at the Little
Shubert Theatre, you may call Telecharge at 212-239-6200/ or