Eric Idle’s big musical adaptation of beloved cult film Monty Python and the Holy Grail manages to both re-create the original’s essence and be something completely different. It’s not only a brilliant bit of Monty Python-style comic anarchy–a nutty caper about King Arthur’s adventures–but a shameless burlesque of big Broadway musicals. Mike Nichols directs this ruthlessly efficient, deliriously funny touring version of his original production. Standouts among the able cast include David Turner as razzle-dazzling Sir Robin and local actor Jeff Dumas as King Arthur’s put-upon servant, Patsy, who provides the indispensable coconut clip-clops. Through 6/4: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400, $30-$85.

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