The Mikado : Classic Gilbert and Sullivan Comic Operetta Presented at Filene Center
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Gilbert & Sullivan isn't normally my type of entertainment but I love Wolf Trap and will take advantage of half price tickets no matter what's playing there. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did like "The Mikado".
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“Hilarious and visually sumptuous.” —_Reading Eagle _
“Every performance is a labor of love.” —_Variety _
In The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, the location is a fictitious Japanese town full of colorful characters – three little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously corrupt public official, and a Lord High Executioner who has a list of potential victims but is too tenderhearted to actually perform his duties. Beautiful schoolgirl Yum-Yum loves the romantic minstrel Nanki-Poo but is engaged to Ko-Ko, the executioner. This romantic triangle takes the usual course of thwarted romance, until the arrival of the fearsome Katisha, claiming Nanki-Poo as her “perjured lover,” and later the arrival of the emperor, or Mikado, himself — with his own list of punishments to fit the crime. In order to resolve the ensuing complications, Ko-Ko must use his wits to convince the most unattractive Katisha to marry him — in record time. That done, all other potentially dangerous circumstances are settled by the Mikado’s all-encompassing pronouncement that “nothing could possibly be more satisfactory.”