Punk Rock Pirates of Penzance Sharpens Social SatireJulia Morgan Theater, formerly Julia Morgan Center for the Arts (2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704)
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The last date listed for The Pirates of Penzance was Sunday April 1, 2012 / 5:00pm.
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Set in Hollywood over a 70-year period, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's pseudo-biographical comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark follows the life of a headstrong African-American actress who begins a career in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters. Seventy years later, film buffs reflect on the life and legacy of the controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune came at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes. Nottage artfully blends comedy and social commentary for a thoroughly entertaining yet thought-provoking picture of the cultural climate that shaped Vera Stark. Clever and illuminating, this show draws on screwball films of the 1930s and uses today's fascination with celebrity and controversy to get to the truth behind the legend, and reflect on who she might have been if she'd lived in a different time. Learn More
Goldstar Member Tips
Pizza, cookies, chips, soft drinks available and you can eat in the theater!
Street parking within a block on our Sunday 5pm show.
30 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Apr 03 2012
This show was so much fun! I grew up with G & S, especially Pirates of Penzance, so I was super excited to see this re-invention of the show. I had a blast: great energy and enthusiasm, hilarious moments, talented cast, great venue. I didn't love some of the "punk" adaptations of the songs, which basically consisted of adding syncopated or swing beats. But that said, the show moved along at a wonderful clip, was visually very cool and just a heckuva good time!
Written on Apr 02 2012
At first I was really put off by the rocked out version when I thought I was going to see a classic (I didn't look closely enough, did I?). The first number really threw me and I didn't want to accept it. But by the time my friend and I were halfway through the performance, we were both loving it! The Modern Major General on an electric cart was eerily reminiscent of the professor in his wheelchair in Rocky Horror complete with being in included in the choreography. Wonderful!
I loved it and thought it was brilliant and so did my friend. We'll be on the lookout for this troupe's work in the future.
Written on Apr 02 2012
This was a rockin' good time. My first experience with G&S, and I'll go back for more. The cast was great, the choreography was great, the humour was superb!
Written on Mar 19 2012
Hilarious, totally unexpected, sexy, great voices, unusual, best performance at the Playhouse in years; it's more for adult audiences, though.
More Information About The Pirates of Penzance
Get ready to be cast askew in a Pirates of Penzance like no other you’ve seen before! Punk, rock and ska enliven an already lively Gilbert & Sullivan score – a post-atomic city replaces the usual Cornish village. Here the Pirate King is female, the Pirates poetic Teddy Boys, the women strong and willful, and the Major General a poster child for the 1%. This is not a Pirates for purists! Gilbert & Sullivan were famous for lampooning love and leadership and director Jon Tracy continues to do so with fresh and inventive focus - giving this romantic, swashbuckling, comic operetta a zany breath of life that will have everyone in the family smiling ear to ear or wanting to pogo!
Books and Lyrics by William Schwenck Gilbert / Music by Arthur Seymour Sullivan / Directed by Jon Tracy / Music
Direction by Jonathan Fadner / Choreography by Emily Morrison / Fight Choreography Dave Maier
Recommended for those ages 5 and older. The show runs 2 hours, including 1 intermission.
About the Ticket Supplier: Berkeley Playhouse
Berkeley Playhouse is a professional theatre for all ages. It was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director, Elizabeth McKoy, a professional theatre actor, director, and teacher for over 20 years. Originally trained in New York, Elizabeth has performed in New York, Seattle and in the Bay Area. She also served as education Director at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, creating and providing exciting and creative teacher training for schools, after-school programs and pre-professional development programs and on the faculty at the internationally known Seattle Children's theatre for five years. Elizabeth was Teaching Artist in Residence in many Seattle public and private schools and assisted with the development of an interdisciplinary curriculum for them-based education for 5th and 6th graders in public schools.