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Stopping by The Flying Falafel before and eating in the plaza at The Jewish Contemporary Museum across from the theater makes a nice evening. The falafel and guys there are an event in themselves.
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Take BART to either Powell or Montgomery and walk a block and a half, through Yerba Buena Gardens, to the performing arts center
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Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Gondoliers"
17 ratings
4.4 average rating
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51 events
40 reviews
6 stars
attended Jan 21 2012

It was a lovely show but I must say that I had a problem with the seating as there was no handrail. I noticed other senior citizens were having similar troubles!

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36 reviews
41 stars
attended Jan 21 2012

The Gondoliers is a farce. A farce should be consistently funnier than this show was. Although there were some laughs and some good lines, often there were too-long stretches of time between laughs. The Gondoliers was disappointing. The music was...continued

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14 reviews
24 stars
attended Jan 21 2012

A lesser G & S operetta. It was done about as well as could be done. Orchestra perfection. Chorus clear, in tune, and in time. Lead singers quite good plus a first-rate Grand Inquisitor.

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Greet the two kings, who, because of mistaken identity, have acquired three would-be queens! The sparkling, emerald Adriatic Sea… the sun-dappled, lazy waters of the Grand Canal… singing Gondoliers and Contadine… and the “Cachucha” danced at the Royal Court at Barataria make The Gondoliers a heartwarming Venetian valentine, wrapped in Sullivan’s most beautiful music and tied with one of Gilbert’s most fanciful libretti.

While most Gilbert & Sullivan operettas are strictly set within the confines of the composer’s home country of England, _The Gondoliers _score was widely influenced by a visit Sullivan made to Italy in 1888. Italian folk dances such as the tarantella and saltarello jostle with other vivacious national dances such as the cachucha (a fast gypsy dance from Spain) and operatic influences including Bellini, Bizet, Handel and Mozart. The entire score is sung in English.

The Gondoliers involves a pair of handsome Venetian gondola oarsmen and a mix up of identities at birth. Along the way to resolving the confusion, Gilbert skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit and groundbreaking lyrics. When The Gondoliers premiered in London in 1889, it was given the highest critical acclaim from local media and from England’s Queen Victoria herself, who was so moved that she wrote extensively in her personal diary of the show’s inescapable charm. One journalist reviewing the production wrote, plainly, “It is not opera or play. It is simply entertainment – the most exquisite entertainment we have ever seen.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Lamplighters Music Theatre

Lamplighters Music Theatre is one of the oldest continuously performing theatres in the Bay Area, and the only year-round musical theatre company in San Francisco. Since the company’s founding in 1952, they have produced the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon as well as other light opera and musical theatre classics.