The Mikado | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Mikado Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 7 2015

Building a whole plot around a society's ban on flirting requires a special talent for subversive cheekiness—enter Gilbert and Sullivan. For the inhabitants of their 1885 operetta, premature seduction is an act punishable by death. Fortunately, there's very little actual death and much singing and merrymaking in this lighthearted version from the Hypocrites, where actors play their own instruments and audience members can opt to stroll alongside them (wandering minstrels we). Director/adapter Sean Graney gives us a Mikado that runs around 80 minutes. In dual roles as the Mikado's son and the curmudgeonly woman who lusts after him, actor Shawn Pfautsch makes a comedic killing in this production. See it, stroll, and enjoy a delicious language feast brought to you by two 19th-century British dudes who knew what was up. —Chloe Riley

Price: $28-$36


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