Potted Potter – Balboa Theater

 

Potted Potter-The Un authorised Harry Experience. Photo by Geraint Lewis

Potted Potter-The Un authorised Harry Experience. Photo by Geraint Lewis

Harry Potter has generated billions of dollars for JK Rowling and Warner Brothers, and plenty of other dollars for folks clever enough to leverage the storyline in a legal way. The pair of Olivier Award-nominated actors (Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner) behind Potted Potter is one such successful example. This pair undertakes a clever retelling of all seven books. One actor plays myriad characters and the other actor plays Harry. The duo’s British demeanor certainly ensures authenticity, and their gentle mutual antagonism amplifies the humor.

Potted Potter-The Un authorised Harry Experience. Photo by Geraint Lewis

Potted Potter-The Un authorised Harry Experience. Photo by Geraint Lewis

My daughters’ loved Potted Potter not only because they (like many of their cohort) are thoroughly familiar with storyline, but also because of the clever way the actors honored, spoofed and remixed the Rowling canon.

A quick round of quidditch while in town.

A quick round of quidditch while in town.

Rapid costume changes and groaningly funny sight gags underscored the swift 70 minute production. For anyone who enjoyed any part of the Harry Potter media juggernaut, this is a great way to show their kids the cleverness underlying quality parody.


Brad Auerbach has been covering the media, entertainment and technology scene for many years. He has written for Time Out London, Village Voice, LA Weekly and once upon a time won a New York State College Journalism Award.

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