Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance from The Hypocrites
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The last date listed for Pirates of Penzance was Sunday January 13, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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One of literature's oldest figures -- the returning solider -- gets a contemporary twist in Ithaka. In this Midwest premiere of the recently commissioned play from Andrea Stolowitz, the soldier in question is both a Marine officer and a woman, Captain Elaine Edwards. Fresh off her latest Afghanistan tour, Edwards has trouble adjusting to life back at home. After a blowup with her husband, she skips town and undertakes an Odyssean journey, battling her monsters and struggling to find a path to her true "home" once more. The Portland-based Stolowitz, winner of the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Antarktikos and the Fowler/Levin Prize for this play, grounds her latest work in interviews with veterans and their families, enhancing the play's realism and its dramatic impact. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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Fun staging, wonderful costumes, great set, good acting: hard not to like. But while entertaining, it was never deeply memorable. It would be a great date, and a good christmas present for fiftysomething parents, but it did not reach the levels of mindblowing world-collapsing artistry that Sean Graney is capable of, not did it completely succeed as a musical. But the thing about Graney's promenade staging is that it is never boring -- if you don't like your angle on the action, you can wander around and find a new perspective.
Quotes & Highlights
- Read about the production in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/2644522-421/graney-pirates-hypocrites-artistic-director.html"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a><em>.</em>
- Read an interview with director Sean Graney in <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/theater/90885/sean-graney-directs-the-pirates-of-penzance-for-the-hypocrites"><em>Time Out Chicago</em></a>.
- "In his giddy, ever-buoyant, freshly reinvented revival of the show for the Hypocrites, director Sean Graney has stepped up to the helm of this goofy classic and... turned it into the very model of a thoroughly hip and playfully modern piece of musical theater ... The result is a zany delight." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/2749826-452/pirates-hypocrites-chopin-classic-gilbert.html"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a>
- "This is not your father’s Gilbert and Sullivan. I kept thinking about how much Gilbert would have liked it. And of all Graney’s many non-traditional creations in this town over the last few years, this is certainly among my favorites." <em> --<a target="_blank" href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/">Chicago Tribune</a></em>
Pirates of Penzance is presented in promenade style which means there is no fixed seating, and the audience physically moves around the space with the actors. There is seating in which to rest temporarily, but you will be asked to stand or move during the performance. It's a lot of fun, but the producers caution against attending if you prefer not to participate in this type of theater experience.