Xena: Warrior Princess: The Play's the Thing (1999)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Mythological Fantasy, Prime-Time Drama [TV], Sword-and-Sorcery  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Upon returning from India with her friend Xena (Lucy Lawless), Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) is accosted by Zehra (Jennifer Ward-Leland), "Queen of the Cons." In league with another sharpster named Milo (Mark Hadlow), Zehra persuades Gabrielle to write a play about Xena's exploits, to be given a lavish and expensive world premiere. What Zehra doesn't reveal is that she intends to pull a "Max Bialystock," producing a sure-fire flop so that she won't have to pay back the play's many wealthy investors. In addition to its Mel Brooks trappings, this episode also features such esoterica as "Buffus the Bacchae Slayer" and "Dustinus Hoofmanus."