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Patience is not one of those Gilbert and Sullivan hits that travel particularly well across the Atlantic. After all, an aesthetic movement is hardly as universally identifiable a topic for lampoon as, say, foreign potentates or the nouveau riche. One probably has to be a die-hard Victorian scholar to appreciate jabs at such Pre-Raphaelite pretensions as Greek dancing and lilies worn on the lapel. But director Philip A. Kraus, who's been responsible for most of Light Opera Works' G&S revivals, claims to see modern parallels in this tale of two poets vying for the love of a milkmaid. He has stated, "There has never been a shortage of people who identify with a movement whose principles they don't understand but whose style and affectations they blindly copy." Given Kraus's track record at updating and refreshening G&S's satirical touch, this LOW production promises to be high on hilarity and musicality--even for those not familiar with rites of the Pre-Raphaelites. The fine cast is headed by veteran scene-stealer Bill Wronski and the dulcet-voiced Catherine Caccavallo. Barney Jones is the conductor. Tonight and Saturday, 8 PM, and Sunday, 2 PM, Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, 600 Emerson, Evanston; 869-6300.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/J.B. Spector.

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