Pirates of Penzance | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 7 2015
Price: $28-$36
When it comes to Victorian operetta, the Hypocrites throw a hell of a party. In director and adapter Sean Graney's promenade-style production, one-third of his Gilbert & Sullivan Rep, you can wander freely around the theater, play with the several dozen beach balls and rubber duckies littering the room, contribute backup choreography, and talk to the characters as much as you’d like. Graney's spirited ten-person cast, dressed something like a 1970s track team, set a refreshingly festive tone, prancing and mugging galore while impressively accompanying themselves on guitar, banjo, mandolin, flute, clarinet, glockenspiel, and accordion. Much of the story, as well as W. S. Gilbert's unvaryingly clever lyrics, gets lost in the hubbub, but the bar remains open throughout the show. Justin Hayford



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