Pirates of Penzance

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Reviews: 5

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Toss your worries overboard and join playful pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy modern Major-General on stage. Bring your friends and family to experience the biggest beach party of the year–complete with guitars, beach balls, banjos and a tiki bar! Find your inner pirate as Chicago theater rebels The Hypocrites bring this brilliantly zany adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic musical to LA for the first time, and you won't want to miss out on the fun!

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Reviews

Katie Buenneke
"The biggest trouble spot is clarity. Due to a combination of an inferior sound design and the cast's poor enunciation, it's hard to follow the wordy patter songs that speed by. When paired with the pared-down plot and the somewhat chaotic staging, it's easy to lose track of the narrative. Still, there's a lot of fun to be had with the Hypocrites' pirates. This version, which premiered seven years ago in Chicago (the company's home) feels honed, comfortable and fun."

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Steven Stanley
"Unlike just about anything I've ever seen, Pirates Of Penzance more than merits its visitor's spot on the Pasadena Playhouse lineup. Not only that, but since The Mikado and HMS Pinafore also form part of the Hypocrites' G&S repertoire, I for one would be more than happy to see them invited back next year and the one after for more madness, merriment, and music like they do it in The Chi."

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Ellen Dostal
"Say what you will, The Hypocrites have found a way to transform traditional theatre into a form of entertainment that appeals to folks who'd rather go to a party than sit in a theater. And they've done it using Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. No joke."

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Carol Kaufman Segal
"It is all in jest, and it is all in fun. The entire cast is truly blessed with musical, vocal, and comic talent."

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"For those who have dreamed of being part of the merriment of a Gilbert & Sullivan light opera, the opportunity of a lifetime is waiting for you at Pasadena Playhouse."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Katie Buenneke
"The biggest trouble spot is clarity. Due to a combination of an inferior sound design and the cast's poor enunciation, it's hard to follow the wordy patter songs that speed by. When paired with the pared-down plot and the somewhat chaotic staging, it's easy to lose track of the narrative. Still, there's a lot of fun to be had with the Hypocrites' pirates. This version, which premiered seven years ago in Chicago (the company's home) feels honed, comfortable and fun."

sweet-sour - Katie Buenneke - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Unlike just about anything I've ever seen, Pirates Of Penzance more than merits its visitor's spot on the Pasadena Playhouse lineup. Not only that, but since The Mikado and HMS Pinafore also form part of the Hypocrites' G&S repertoire, I for one would be more than happy to see them invited back next year and the one after for more madness, merriment, and music like they do it in The Chi."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Say what you will, The Hypocrites have found a way to transform traditional theatre into a form of entertainment that appeals to folks who'd rather go to a party than sit in a theater. And they've done it using Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. No joke."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"It is all in jest, and it is all in fun. The entire cast is truly blessed with musical, vocal, and comic talent."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


"For those who have dreamed of being part of the merriment of a Gilbert & Sullivan light opera, the opportunity of a lifetime is waiting for you at Pasadena Playhouse."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review