After 139 years, Pirates of Penzance is still a satisfying combination of sweet and salty | Theater Review | Chicago Reader

After 139 years, Pirates of Penzance is still a satisfying combination of sweet and salty 

Saltbox Theatre Collective's production hits Sullivan's notes and lands Gilbert's punchlines.

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Rachael Nuckles

The genius of this 139-year-old comic opera lies in how gracefully Gilbert and Sullivan are able to have their cake and eat it too. Sullivan fills the show with sugar-a surfeit of sweet, innocent, very hummable tunes—and then Gilbert sprinkles on lots…

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