Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance at the Welk Resort Theatre San Diego
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The last date listed for Pirates of Penzance was Saturday April 17, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Jennifer L.
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A friend recommended I see Pirates of Penzance the next time it was available to me. This happened to be the first one my friend spotted on Goldstar (versus the other Pirates of Penzance show that is also being performed and sold on Goldstar currently), and so we bought tickets to see it.
This show was much funnier than I had expected. My friend had told me it would be humorous and in general would make fun of musicals, but it was better than I thought it would be. The actors and actresses had no problem making their characters as ridiculous as possible and in general kept very well to their roles. The singing was more than loud enough to hear and relatively follow, though the dialog was difficult to hear from the back row where we were seated. I actually couldn't make out the last fourth or so of the musical's dialog, so I'm not sure why the story ended as it did (I intend to do some internet research on the storyline to figure this out).
My favorite character hands-down was the pirate king. This particular actor went out of his way to make his character extremely funny and ridiculous and his dialog and voice was the easiest to follow. I definitely laughed the most at this character and hope to see this actor in other future performances.
Overall the show was very funny and light-hearted. I enjoyed the singing though sometimes it was a bit off, and though the dialog was difficult to hear, especially near the end, I still enjoyed the overall storyline and presentation of the material. I would probably want to see a different rendition of Pirates of Penzance at another theater sometime in the future, just to see how they differ, though this one has made a good impression on me.
As a side note, I thought the theater was thoroughly enjoyable. The outside lobby area was well-decorated and themed with movie and performance-related artwork. The theater seats themselves were extremely plush and comfortable. And the staff did a great job getting my party together at last minute (we all bought separate tickets from Goldstar and so were not seated together by default). Though the theater was a little bit difficult to find as it is in a remote location, I still enjoyed the experience overall and would not object to coming to this theater again.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance is a romantic comic opera that follows a foolish Major-General, an orphaned pirate king with plenty of salt and a band of buccaneers, and a poor wandering lass accompanied by dim-witted maidens. This beloved masterwork includes the songs “Poor Wand’ring One,” “I Am a Pirate King,” “A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One” and “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.”