11th plague of Egypt

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11th plague of Egypt

headshotFrank Scheck

THE SPHINX WINX Beckett Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St.; 212-239-6200. Through July 24.

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“Prepare yourself for a modern classic,” says a soothsayer at the start of “The Sphinx Winx,” before adding: “Eat your heart out, Shakespeare.”

The Bard has nothing to worry about. Neither does “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” which this burlesque-style musical — about the romantic triangle between Cleopatra, Mark Antony and Julius Caesar — superficially resembles.

This lame-brained show is no “Forum,” and its opening number, “Prologue,” is definitely not “Comedy Tonight.”

A distinct aroma of flop sweat hovers over the proceedings, in which a six-member ensemble tries desperately to wring laughs from the witless book and lyrics, for which no fewer than four writers are — and I use the term loosely — credited.

As an act of mercy, the cast of this dreadful show will go unnamed here.

Peter James Zielinski

As an act of mercy, the cast of this dreadful show will go unnamed here.