Venue Details

Sean
Thirsty Bear is one block from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & worked well for a pre-show dinner.
Smuin Ballet: XXcentric dining May 16 2014 star this tip starred
Andrea Laudate
The weather was casual. I wore dress pants and top--leather shoes, jewelry and a cute little purse.
Smuin Ballet: XXcentric dress May 12 2014 star this tip starred

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16 ratings
4.3 average rating
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50 events
40 reviews
6 stars
attended Jan 21 2012

It was a lovely show but I must say that I had a problem with the seating as there was no handrail. I noticed other senior citizens were having similar troubles!

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49 events
35 reviews
41 stars
attended Jan 21 2012

The Gondoliers is a farce. A farce should be consistently funnier than this show was. Although there were some laughs and some good lines, often there were too-long stretches of time between laughs. The Gondoliers was disappointing. The music was...continued

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26 events
14 reviews
20 stars
attended Jan 21 2012

A lesser G & S operetta. It was done about as well as could be done. Orchestra perfection. Chorus clear, in tune, and in time. Lead singers quite good plus a first-rate Grand Inquisitor.

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Description

Greet the two kings, who, because of mistaken identity, have acquired three would-be queens! The sparkling, emerald Adriatic Sea… the sun-dappled, lazy waters of the Grand Canal… singing Gondoliers and Contadine… and the “Cachucha” danced at the Royal Court at Barataria make The Gondoliers a heartwarming Venetian valentine, wrapped in Sullivan’s most beautiful music and tied with one of Gilbert’s most fanciful libretti.

While most Gilbert & Sullivan operettas are strictly set within the confines of the composer’s home country of England, _The Gondoliers _score was widely influenced by a visit Sullivan made to Italy in 1888. Italian folk dances such as the tarantella and saltarello jostle with other vivacious national dances such as the cachucha (a fast gypsy dance from Spain) and operatic influences including Bellini, Bizet, Handel and Mozart. The entire score is sung in English.

The Gondoliers involves a pair of handsome Venetian gondola oarsmen and a mix up of identities at birth. Along the way to resolving the confusion, Gilbert skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit and groundbreaking lyrics. When The Gondoliers premiered in London in 1889, it was given the highest critical acclaim from local media and from England’s Queen Victoria herself, who was so moved that she wrote extensively in her personal diary of the show’s inescapable charm. One journalist reviewing the production wrote, plainly, “It is not opera or play. It is simply entertainment – the most exquisite entertainment we have ever seen.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Lamplighters

Lamplighters Music Theatre is one of the oldest continuously performing theatres in the Bay Area, and the only year-round musical theatre company in San Francisco. Since the company's founding in 1952, they have produced the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon as well as other light opera and musical theatre classics.