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Python humor still alive in Norwell theater’s ‘Spamalot’

John King and Abington’s Jessica Golden, who plays The Lady of the Lake, perform in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
John King and Abington’s Jessica Golden, who plays The Lady of the Lake, perform in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

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Even decades later, memories of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” are “not dead yet” — to borrow the comic film’s most repeated laugh line — for audiences who flocked to “Spamalot,” the musical that drew on the comic film’s spoof of English medieval history.

Many of the actors in The Company Theatre’s new production of “Spamalot,” the first regional staging of the 2005 Broadway hit, also maintain a strong attachment to the cult film “lovingly ripped off” (as the musical comedy’s creators put it) for a second life on stage.

Mixing satire, parody, and unapologetic absurdity in the patented style summed up in the Python catchphrase “now for something completely different,” the musical raises lowbrow comedy to theatrical art.

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