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The Pirates of Penzance

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Feb. 9-March 24
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Feb. 11-March 25
2 p.m.
March 3
2 p.m.
March 24
2 p.m.
$25-$60
Theater

With its swashbuckling humor centered on a farcical romance, The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most enduring operettas of famed collaborators Gilbert and Sullivan. This clever adaptation by Doug Scholz-Carlsen presents the hijinks in a rollicking new context. Framing the original tale as a story-within-a-story, Scholz-Carlsen has incorporated Gilbert and Sullivan as characters aboard a steamship on a New York-bound passage to premiere the titular work. Inspired by the real-life 1879 journey (Pirates being the sole Gilbert and Sullivan work to receive its worldwide debut in the United States), Scholz-Carlsen amplifies the humor with a twist in which the new operetta’s hotly anticipated book and score have been mistakenly left behind. Frantic to save the show, the duo resort to using whatever resources are at their disposal (including spontaneously drafted shipmates) to recreate the production. The upheaval of the makeshift show allows for a comic chaos perfectly aligned to the irreverent sensibilities of the source material. This production features an acclaimed cast, headlined by Bradley Greenwald and Christina Baldwin.