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Berkeley Playhouse
2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 36 members
Review from Dana Miller
Red Velvet 182 events 118 reviews

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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reviewed Feb 25 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Sue T.
88 events 70 reviews

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

reviewed Mar 09 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Annie
81 events 61 reviews

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.

reviewed Mar 10 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from linda sims
30 events 21 reviews

I was very disappointed. I've loved other Julia Morgan events. Costuming for this was low budget and colorless.
The chainsaw was the only funny part. Disabled Major General isn't.
I didn't recognize the Gilbert and Sullivan music, except for...continued

reviewed Mar 04 2012 report as inappropriate
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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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