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Sigmund Romberg's The Student Prince is a thoroughly old-fashioned operetta whose catchy tunes have outlived its hoary plot. When the work premiered in 1924, the tale of a dilettante prince who poses as a college student and falls in love with a local wench captured the public's fancy. But in this day and age, the story's chivalrous aspects make it hopelessly passe. Hugh Wheeler, known for his collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, addresses this problem in his 1970 update of the book--which this production uses. Mounted as a period curiosity--without condescension to its outmoded sentiments--The Student Prince can still be amusing. And, of course, there are those delectable songs accented with a Viennese-Hungarian lilt, from the rowdy "Drink! Drink! Drink!" (a favorite pastime for Heidelberg collegians) to the sentimental "Deep in My Heart, Dear." The cast of this Light Opera Works production features several fine singers who can also act: David Gaschen in the title role, Amy Cochrane as Kathie, and Scott Cheffer as Captain Tarnitz. The stage direction is by Marc Verzatt, who has a flair for comic timing and should shy away from the campy antics that often mar LOW's revivals. Peter Lipari, one of the company's more astute maestros, is in charge of the pit orchestra. Choreography is by Bea Rashid. Friday and Saturday, 8 PM, and Sunday, 2 PM, Centre East, 7701 N. Lincoln, Skokie; 708-869-6300.

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