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'Potted Potter' is funny look at phenomenon
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Whether you love Harry Potter or can't stand the movies and books, this may be your show.

“Potted Potter: the Unauthorized Harry Experience” opens today for an eight-show run at the Holland Performing Arts Center's Scott Recital Hall.

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What: “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience,” stage parody of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, Scott Recital Hall, 13th and Douglas Streets

When: 7 and 9:30 tonight and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Tickets: $48 and up

Information: 402-345-0606 or online at ticketomaha.com

The show takes on the challenge of condensing all eight Harry Potter books into a parody that lasts just a little over an hour, performed by a cast of two.

It's played strictly for laughs. It will even include a Quidditch game involving the audience.

The movies alone, which abridged the best-selling J.K. Rowling books, lasted more than 20 hours and included scores of featured characters. But “Potted Potter” promises to include all the favorite characters, along with songs, magic, a fire-breathing dragon and more.

The show originated in 2005 with a pair of British street performers, who did a five-minute version for families waiting in line for the midnight release of the sixth book.

Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner expanded the show past an hour and went on tour, becoming a New York Times critics' pick. The show was an Olivier Award nominee, the London equivalent of a Tony nominee in New York. It's on a 12-week U.S. tour.

“Potted Potter” is labeled suitable for ages 6 to Dumbledore (very old).

Contact the writer:

402-444-1269, bob.fischbach@owh.com

Contact the writer: Bob Fischbach

bob.fischbach@owh.com    |   402-444-1269

Bob reviews movies and local theater productions and writes stories about those topics, as well.

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