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

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

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 19 2013

The Hypocrites offer a raffish, rowdy rendition of the 1885 operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan. Director Sean Graney and his inventive designers reimagine the still-resonant satire of sexual hypocrisy and political corruption (originally set in medieval Japan) as a Victorian circus entertainment, with actor-singers in clownish garb, accompanying themselves on guitars, mandolins, and other instruments. The audience is invited to follow them as they move around the space. The circus concept doesn't suit the material as well as the beach-party conceit suits Graney's hit Pirates of Penzance (with which The Mikado is running in repertory), but it's still fun. The cleverest touch is the gender-bending casting of talented tenor Shawn Pfautsch as both the hero--"wand'ring minstrel" Nanki-Poo--and Katisha, the hag who amorously pursues him. --Albert Williams

Price: $28


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