Friday March 9, 2012 / 7:00pmThe Pirates of Penzance
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How was your experience?
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 year) -- but I'm a fan of Jon Tracy's work for Shotgun Players so I thought I'd check out his interpretation of "Pirates." Well, it turned out to be hugely entertaining with a fantastic cast, especially Juliet Heller as Mabel (she's played the role before, presumably in a more traditional production, so seems very comfortable in the part). The futuristic/punk angle doesn't detract from the wonderful songs. This may be heresy because I adore the Lamplighters, but I actually enjoyed this performance more than Lamplighters' "Pirates" from a couple years ago. Oh, and despite the fact that Berkeley Playhouse is marketed to families, I'd recommend this production to kidless adults -- there were many attending the performance I went to, so you won't feel weird if you don't have a youngster in tow.