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Berkeley Playhouse
2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
510-845-8542
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"The Pirates of Penzance"
36 ratings
4.3 average rating
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170 events
117 reviews
50 stars
attended Feb 25 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed this version Pirates of Penzance. The acting and singing were terrific, which surprised us, as we didn't know what to expect. We had smiles on our faces the entire time and were thrilled that we went.

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64 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 09 2012

I'm generally a bit of a purist when it comes to Gilbert & Sullivan -- I couldn't stop railing against the Guthrie Theatre's take on "H.M.S. Pinafore," which inexplicably added Queen Victoria as a character, for instance (it aired on PBS last...continued

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79 events
60 reviews
99 stars
attended Mar 10 2012

It was definitely quirky. The performers were good. I'm just not sure if it was for adults or for kids, since there were some sexual references, albeit very subtle. An experience for sure, good singing.

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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.

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