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Potted Potter- The Unauthorized Harry Experience

by Clinton Campbell
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Nov 8, 2018
Joseph Maudsley and James Percy in "Potted Potter — The Unauthorized Harry Experience" that continues through November 24 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.
Joseph Maudsley and James Percy in "Potted Potter — The Unauthorized Harry Experience" that continues through November 24 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.  

Harry Potter fans of all ages should not hesitate to check out the delightfully silly, "Potted Potter — The Unauthorized Harry Experience — a Parody by Dan and Jeff" currently playing at the Emerson Majestic.

This whirlwind of a show takes a page out of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's playbook and performs all seven of the books/movies in a tight 75 minutes.

Originally created by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner in 2005 as a 5-minute street theater skit, over the years "Potter" expanded and has now been performed in London's West End as well as toured Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US.

Filling in for creators Clarkson and Turner are Joseph Maudsley and James Percy. Both young, handsome, and immensely charming; they obviously enjoy performing together a great deal. Their energy and enthusiasm fill the theater to the point that it's almost impossible not to have a good time.

As with any broad slapstick, the show itself is a bit chaotic. And there is just enough improv that at times even Joe and James seem surprised. Who doesn't love seeing a performer suppress the urge to laugh (a la Conway/Korman on "The Carol Burnett Show")?

And while "Potted Potter" is entirely family friendly, there are an adequate number of adult-ish jokes to keep everyone entertained.

It is silly, ridiculous, irreverent, and utterly charming. "Potter Potter" is probably one of the best family nights available in Boston right now.

"Potted Potter — The Unauthorized Harry Experience" continues through November 24 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. For more information, visit the "Potted Potter" website.

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