Culture Magazine

Review: Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse)

By Chicagotheaterbeat @chitheaterbeat


Review: Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse)   
Potted Potter 


Written and performed by Daniel Clarkson 
   and Jefferson Turner
Directed by Richard Hurst 
Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut (map)
thru Dec 16  |  tickets: $40-$85   |  more info
Check for half-price tickets 




Though starting slow, show ends on evil-squashing, fun-loving high note


Review: Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse)


Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions i/a/w Broadway in Chicago presents


Potted Potter

Review by Katy Walsh 

Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions presents Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff

Review: Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse)Harry Potter is a kid wizard.  He goes to Hogwarts School.  He plays Quidditch. His destiny is to battle an evil sorcerer named Voldemort.  His schoolmaster, Dumbledore provides guidance.  His friends, Hermione and Ron help too. These are the essential fictional facts from J.K. Rowling’s classic seven “Harry Potter” book series.  The best selling novels turned blockbuster movies get abbreviated in this zany lampoon.  Potted Potter is a family-style, vaudevillian, Harry spectacle. 

I’m a big fan of Harry Potter.  I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies.  I was geeked out about this show’s potential for a Potter marathon in seventy minutes.  Initially, I was disappointed.  The show starts out with a sketch bit where Jefferson Turner berates Daniel Clarkson for not having read the books.  Clarkson’s muggle ignorance is amplified as his scenery choices are revealed.  The oversize props don’t have anything to do with the magical world of Harry Potter.  Dang!  I felt like a Trekkie who goes to a convention and nobody is speaking Klingon. 

Turner and Clarkson meander through the first few books with not much substance but plenty of energy.  Turner is straight man to Clarkson’s buffoonery.  They know how to play to a crowd because the audience eats up the schtick.  The show even turns interactive with a beach ball-based Quidditch match.  It’s cute, but for a Harry Potter diehard, I’m left waiting at Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross station in London.  Eventually around book 4 or 5, Turner and Clarkson start actually going by the book.  Turner narrates the overview.  And Clarkson hilariously plays all the characters.  The finale is an evil-squashing, fun-loving climax to the song “I Will Survive.”  

Potted Potter is more madcap than magic.  These wack-a-doodles from London captivated the kids and their families.  Not only do you not need to be a Harry Potter fanatic to enjoy the show, it probably adds to the amusement if you’re not.  Me?  I need a little more Hermione and Ron in my Harry experience.  I’ll probably just sip on some butter beer and rewatch one of the DVDs.


Rating: ★★½



Potted Potter continues through December 16th at Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut (map), with performances Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 7:30pm; Wednesdays at 2pm and 7:30pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets are $40-$85, and are available by phone (800-775-2000) or online through (check for half-price tickets at More information at  (Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission)

Review: Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse)

Photos by Carol Rosegg 




Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner

behind the scenes

Richard Hurst (director); Carol Rosegg (photos)

Review: Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse)

3words: An avid fan of Harry’s books and movies, Shawn describes PP with ‘it was okay.’

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Arts Review – Terry Cotter The Potter

    Our arts correspondent Terry Cotter The Potter and his unique insight into the world they call “Art”. Terry recently took up underwater pottery. Tricky but... Read more

    The 29 August 2013 by   Gingerfightback
  • Movie Review – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry-Potter-and-the-Goblet-of-Fire-the-guys-of-harry-potter-24264280-1600-1066 Read more

    The 21 April 2013 by   Niejan
  • Arts Review With Terry Cotter the Potter

    Our arts correspondent Terry Cotter The Potter and his unique insight into the world they call “Art”. Hello,My name is Terry Cotter. I’m a potter. Read more

    The 20 August 2013 by   Gingerfightback
  • Wreck This Journal - Pages 22-25: Pencil, Scribble

    Wreck This Journal Pages 22-23 Do Some Rubbings With A Pencil. "'And most important of all,' added the Mathemagician, 'here is your own magic staff. Use it... Read more

    The 03 August 2015 by   Megan Love Literature Art & Reason
  • 11 Of The Best Quotes In Literature

    A great sentence is as refreshing as a cool cup of water.See what I did there? That was a bad sentence riddled with a horrible cliche. That was the opposite of ... Read more

    The 31 July 2015 by   Robert Bruce
  • Book Blogger/book Tuber Meet-up!

    The brilliant Kirsty invited me to a meet-up book bloggers (most people were 'book tubers', I was like the only person without a YouTube channel) in London on... Read more

    The 25 July 2015 by   Lizzi
  • Reading Habits

    I was tagged by Lectito to write about my reading habits. I don’t usually bother with these things but as I have a bit of spare time I thought I would do this... Read more

    The 11 July 2015 by   Lucybirdbooks

Add a comment

Paperblog Hot Topics