'The Mikado' Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company


The Mikado

Every Fri. and Sat. from March 15-April 7
7:30 p.m.
Every Sat. and Sun. from March 17-April 7
2 p.m.
Opera, Theater

In Rick Shiomi’s version of The Mikado, the Japanese-American playwright, director, and former artistic director of Theatre Mu rids the story of stereotypes and yellowface by setting the piece in Edwardian England. The switch works, as the original was created to poke fun at British politics and society. By taking out the “oriental” and “exotic” elements of Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous operetta, Shiomi wipes out the more cringe-worthy aspects of the play, leaving the fun intact, including merry maids, young lovers, and frivolity. Shiomi’s reboot of The Mikado was first co-presented by Theatre Mu and Skylark Opera back in 2012. It has since gone on to be part of the national conversation on how to deal with culturally appropriative plays and operas. Shiomi directs this production along with the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company.