“Some things are just timeless, you know, like ‘vulgarity, pretense, and the lust for money.’ MBS Productions brings the enduring, if a bit rude, truth with their distinctive production of Gaius Petronius’ Satyricon. ..The bawdy, sexy comedy Satyricon …focuses on the mundane and the ordinary to highlight the themes of gossip, shallowness, gluttony, and vanity, all the while poking fun at the upper classes…GO SEE IT.” M. Lance Lusk, D Magazine
“ the script is strong and engaging, the energy of the cast infectious and winning, and the ‘scandalous’ scenes of intimacy are handled with humor and physical agility and no more offensive than they should be! You won't be disappointed visiting this vision of ancient Rome at the Stone Cottage courtesy of MBS Productions, and we are fortunate to have a theatre company like this one creating new works and pushing boundaries.” –Chris Jackson, Associate Theater Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Decorum… Satyricon delivers raunchy laughs at MBS Productions… The most fun in this two-hour comedy is in the why-not attitude and silly gawkiness of Philip Gage…The youthful cast members, in their funny, garishly colored togas designed by Alejandro de la Costa, shoulder up to the task at hand."
Martha Heimberg, TheatreJOnes.com
What has been said about Petronius' Satyricon:
"written with great elegance and spirit, and though the subjects may give offense to some narrow-minded people, the author will always be held in esteem by any person of wit and learning." - Tobias Smollet.
"He startled me at first, but I liked him." - D.H. Lawrence
"singularly silly" - Robert Louis Stevenson
"reeking with...filth" - Lytton Strachey
"if you doubt the essential truth about Petronius, you may see his grim comedy enacted everyday." T.S. Eliot
"a brilliant comic exploration of an ancient empire in decline...[it] has never ceased to delight and scandalize." - R. Bracht Brahnham.
Satyricon by Gaius Petronius, World Premiere adaptation of the scandalous Roman Novel. July 21 – August 13, 2011 Adapted to the stage by Mark-Brian Sonna
Set in the time of Nero, this comedic play explores the misadventures of an over the hill and broke Roman soldier and his young slave as they live off the rich and famous. Follow their ever increasing misadventures as they mooch off wealthy noblemen, sleep with their wives, and do whatever it takes to get by.Frequently banned, Satyricon has been considered as one of the greatest books ever written as well as the most “scandalous" and "filthiest" in Western Literature.