The Mikado : Classic Gilbert and Sullivan Comic Operetta Presented at Filene Center
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This warmhearted, humorous play that won Alfred Uhry the 1988 Pulitzer looks at the unexpected friendship between a fiercely independent Southern white woman and her African-American chauffeur. It's 1948, and after Daisy, an elderly Jewish widow who lives in Atlanta, has a driving mishap in which her automobile is demolished, her son hires Hoke Colburn to be her driver. Initially resistant, Miss Daisy gradually starts to accept Hoke over time, and an unlikely friendship begins to grow between the two. Ultimately a sweet tale of the transformative power of true friendship, the play also touches on the racism and prejudice that permeated the South at the time. Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette (called the Meryl Streep of Washington theater) and Craig Wallace return to Ford's to perform in this beloved classic. Learn More
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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.”