Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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The last date listed for Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience was Saturday January 16, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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I was chortling all the way through, congratulations to all the Lamplighters on a great production. If the run isn't finished, then run and see it, you'll thank me. I still have songs from this operetta running through my mind after two days.
Wonderful in every aspect, the set was just right, the costume design was exceptional as usual, the orchestra had great balance (at least, for us up in the "gods"), and the performance of the cast was as good as any fully professional opera or musical company. Patience was a standout, blithely hopping around the stage and wearing a yokel West Country accent that was perfect to my British ears. Bunthorne was just right as the bumptious twit he should be and I liked watching Mr. Ewing's movement. Grosvenor was an excellent foil. What can I say about Lady Jane? A star turn, the cello scene was hilarious. The Colonel and Major dominated the stage when they wanted to and delivered the big laughs, especially the "posing" scene. I don't want to miss anyone out, all the cast delivered a stellar show especially the chorus; one suspects that any one of them would have done a great job of a lead role too. The solicitor didn't deserve a "hideous curse".
Even the offstage cow moo'ed on time. Except for once.
Quotes & Highlights
“The best Gilbert & Sullivan available in this country” —LA Weekly
Pretentious, phony “artistes”? Guess what – it’s nothing new! Patience opened in 1881 and was the first production to be performed at London’s new Savoy Theatre. This sixth collaboration of Gilbert & Sullivan pokes fun at the aesthetic movement that minced over England in the late 19th century, in the days of Oscar Wilde, Mrs. Langtry and Whistler.
All the village maidens are rapturously in love with both the self-proclaimed “aesthetic sham” Reginald Bunthorne and “idyllic poet” Archibald Grosvenor. But the two poets are both in love with Patience, the simple village milkmaid, who cares nothing for poetry. As always, with Gilbert & Sullivan, hilarious topsy-turvy complications ensue, and all’s well that ends well.