What happens when Parliament is taken over by a band of fairies? That question is answered in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe
, starring a leading man who's half fairy -- from the waist up -- and a cast of dim-witted elite who rule the land. It's the immortal fairies against the British House of Lords in this satirical operetta that's also known as The Peer and the Peri
. This political lampoon was Gilbert and Sullivan's seventh work together as composer and author, and their famed partnership is said to have hit its stride here.The Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society's production takes place in a semi-alternate reality where the Revolutionary War never took place and England has relocated its House of Lords to Washington. The production emphasizes feminine strength with punk fairies, and masculine vulnerability with sympathetic Lords.
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