H.M.S. Pinafore | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Kate Carson-Groner, Shawn Pfautsch, Matt Kahler, Lauren Vogel, Erik Schroeder, and Robert McLeann

Kate Carson-Groner, Shawn Pfautsch, Matt Kahler, Lauren Vogel, Erik Schroeder, and Robert McLeann

Evan Hanover

When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 7 2015
Price: $36-$50
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When is an adaptation no longer an adaptation but a whole new work? This question came to me as I was experiencing the Hypocrites' latest production, described in the program as an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's 1878 classic H.M.S. Pinafore and presented in repertory with remounts of The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. Usually when directors adapt an old chestnut they monkey with the setting, putting Hamlet in 21st-century Japan, say. This can create the illusion that we're watching something new without making us think or feel anything new about the work. What director Sean Graney does with Pinafore is so daring, so thoroughgoing that it's really a total transformation. To start with, he flips genders—all the sailors and officers are women, and the maidenly love interest at the center of the plot is a man. Continue reading >>

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