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H.M.S. Pinafore 

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Both condemning and confirming class snobbery, Gilbert and Sullivan's 1878 smash hit fuses Romeo and Juliet with Punch to produce a topsy-turvy romp. Rudy Hogenmiller's respectful revival for Light Opera Works aims at nothing more than fidelity to Gilbert's wit and Sullivan's joy. No one on this busy stage confuses looking funny with being amusing; even better, no one assumes that a self-consciously melodramatic plot just needs a little camp to make it work. Colm Fitzmaurice and Sharon Quattrin as love-struck sailor Ralph and the lass who adores him sound as lovely as they look, and Jamie Axtell plays the First Lord of the Admiralty with the appropriate pompous bluster. Peter Pohlhammer is particularly poignant as Dick Deadeye, a nautical Richard III who becomes his own self-fulfilling curse. Through 1/2: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM. Northwestern University, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston, 847-869-6300. $13.50-$59; $43-$61 Fri 12/31. Closing.


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