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The look of the show is a comic interpretation of the period. Faux marble columns and blocks, arranged in a multitude of ways, fill the performance space (designed by Derek Lee Miller). The clever and colorful mismatched costumes are mostly modern with hints of the period - gold leaf headbands or those paneled skirts soldiers wore (designed by Mandi Johnson). We're not going for realism here, the more outrageous the better.
As a bonus, I also attended the one-night only remount of Four Humors' hit 2013 Fringe show, Lolita: A Three-Man Show (starring Matt, Brant, and Ryan). That show is probably what first endeared me to them, so it was fun to revisit after five and a half years. It's still a very clever and hilarious exploration of this for some reason beloved movie/book about 40-year-old men in love with a 12-year-old girl, with plenty of fourth wall breaking that allows them to question why we're even telling this story again. The performance was sold out; it appears to have a sort of legendary following. Watch for it to come around again every year or so.
In the meantime, you can see The Last Days of Commodus through April 20 at Strike Theater, your Northeast Minneapolis home for sketch comedy, improv, and storytelling.