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The Mikado (Version 2.005)

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Sex, cheek, and contemporary pop culture turbocharge Noble Fool Theatricals' cleverly designed update of the Gilbert and Sullivan standby, directed by Amy Binns-Calvey. The gentlemen of Japan shed their kimonos, for example, in favor of pinstripes, cell phones, subways, and sushi bars, where they ogle porn and Little Maids in SailorMoon anime schoolgirl outfits. The love story of two hotties kept apart by the terms of their arranged engagements holds up remarkably well thanks to nuanced performances by Mick Houlahan (a deliciously sleazy Mikado), Brendan Kelly as weakling prisoner-turned-executioner Koko, and Patrick Mellen as the long-suffering Pooh-Bah. The women's vocals and comic choices disappoint, however. Even the well-cast Marilynn Bogetich could stand to bring more dragon fire to the aged, spurned Katisha's leather lust (a wonderful twist). Still, the concept's brilliance carries the evening. Through 9/10: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 4:30 and 9 PM, Sun 2 PM. Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, 4051 E. Main (Rte. 64), Saint Charles, 630-584-6342. $27-$37; dinner packages available.

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