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Pirates of Penzance Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 22 2012

The Hypocrites remount a hit from last year. Last time around, Albert Williams wrote: "Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious 1879 operetta—the deliciously loopy tale of Frederic, an apprentice pirate torn between his love for a military officer's daughter and his sense of duty to his buccaneer brethren—is given a wonderfully fresh rethinking by the Hypocrites. Aided by an inventive design team, Sean Graney has stripped the work down to 80 intermissionless minutes and given it a modern-dress, beach-party motif; Kevin O'Donnell's new arrangements imbue the score with a sea-chanty feel. Wearing whimsical swimwear, the cast accompany themselves on guitar, banjo, fiddle, and harmonica while warbling and bellowing their way through the rousing choruses, toe-tapping patter songs, and lyrical ballads. Comic soprano Christine Stulik is ingeniously double-cast as the two women vying for Frederic's affection. The audience is encouraged—and sometimes nudged—to move around the sprawling space, adding to the atmosphere of rough-edged spontaneity."

Price: $28


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