Potted Potter OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • VARIETY

  • NEWSDAY

  • NJ NEWSROOM

  • METRO US

  • EW

  • EXAMINER

Opening Night:
June 3, 2012
Closing:
September 2, 2012

Theater: Little Shubert Theatre / 422 West 42nd Street, New York, New York, 10036

Synopsis: 

Written and performed by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the play takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting," all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes, aided only by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The show also invites audiences to engage with a real life game of Quidditch, but according to Clarkson and Turner's unique set of rules.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Potted Potter

    The Boy Who Lived, Casting a Humorous Spell

    Daniel Gold

    June 4, 2012: With all the Harry Potter books and movies done, and no new material to pore over, where can a devoted Muggle get a fix? You could fly to Florida, to the Universal Studios Orlando theme park. Or over to Britain, where tours of the films’ sets, at Leavesden Studios outside London, have begun. Online, there’s always J. K. Rowling’s Pottermore Web site.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Potted Potter

    Potted Potter

    Marilyn Stasio

    June 3, 2012: After premiering in London in 2006, "Potted Potter" has toured almost nonstop, picking up critical kudos and spinning off other properties like "Potted Pirates" and "Potted Panto." So there's definitely an audience for the comic sensibility of this cheeky British duo. Curiously, the lengthy set-up for the show is based on dashing the expectations of the audience.

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF Potted Potter

    'Potted Potter' sorely lacking in magic

    Linda Winer

    June 3, 2012: Remember how amazed people were in the late '90s when children, who weren't supposed to like to read anymore, were suddenly hugging enormous hardcover tomes to their little chests and devouring the story of a young wizard-in-training named Harry Potter? Remember how counterintuitive it seemed that, instead of waiting for the next new videogame, young people were breathlessly awaiting the next volume, and the next, and the next in what turned into a seven-book, eight-movie, coming-of-age franchise from the imagination of an English woman named J. K. Rowling? Remember how she never talked down to her readers, who seemed to define childlike curiosity in a remarkably grown-up way? Forget all that if you are duped into seeking out "Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience."

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  • NEW JERSEY NEWSROOM REVIEW OF Potted Potter

    ‘Potted Potter’ goes wild over Harry

    Michael Sommers

    June 2, 2012: For the record, I am not especially conversant with the Harry Potter series so I cannot approach “Potted Potter” with the insights of devotees, who likely are the people most inclined to see the little attraction that opened on Sunday at the Little Shubert Theater. Billed as an “Unauthorized Harry Experience,” this two-man parody written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner affectionately kids the entire Potter chronicle.

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  • METRO US REVIEW OF Potted Potter

    'Potted Potter' lacks magic

    Michelle Murphy

    June 2, 2012: A transplant from London, where it purportedly met with sold-out crowds, "Potted Potter" was so disappointing when we saw it this weekend that we suspect it must have been a rather small theater in the U.K.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Potted Potter

    Potted Potter

    Thom Geier

    June 4, 2012: In the daffy Off Broadway comedy Potted Potter, two young Brits attempt to re-tell all seven books of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series in (roughly) 70 minutes. The unauthorized parody, written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, skips goofily along the surface of its beloved source material in a production that draws heavily on the British tradition of family-friendly theater known as pantomime.

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  • EXAMINER REVIEW OF Potted Potter

    “Potted Potter” – An Unauthorized Harry Experience

    Sandi Durell

    June 4, 2012: Didn’t have time to read all seven of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books? Don’t fret because Dan and Jeff have done all the work in this unauthorized version as this lively comedy duo presents a parodied romp thru all of them in only 70 minutes! Of course, if you’re a dyed in the wool Potter truest, you might be appalled, but you’ll laugh anyway.

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