‘GRIDIRON: A VIEW FROM THE BAR’
6 p.m., Arkansas Repertory Theater. $60.
People may not think lawyers are very funny, though they are the butt of many jokes. In Little Rock, though, they turn the tables, making fun of politicians and one another in the biennial musical comedy revue “The Gridiron,” put on by the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
The idea for “The Gridiron” originated in Washington, D.C., where a group of journalists called the Gridiron Club put on a musical sketch show to make fun of politicians. The concept evolved into similar programs throughout the United States. Arkansas’s has been commandeered by lawyers; the bar has put on the show for more than 60 years. Its 2010 production, “A View from the Bar,” premieres next Wednesday night at The Rep.
For the last 16 years, “The Gridiron” has been produced by Circuit Judge Mary McGowan, who is working with a cast made up of lawyers, paralegals, and their spouses.
“It’s always a lot of fun to produce, especially since it’s a musical comedy,” she said. Then, laughing, “Or at least, I hope it’s a comedy.”