Tickets Now on Sale for Valley Light Opera’s “Pirates of Penzance”

Come and join the Valley Light Opera for their November 2021 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic Pirates of Penzance; or, the Slave of Duty at The Academy of Music in Northampton. Pirates tells the story of Frederic, apprenticed at an early age to a band of pirates, who is torn between his duty…

REVIEW: Town Players Present “Trial By Jury”

by Gail M. Burns, October, 2006 A lot of attention has been paid recently to the blossoming professional theatre scene in Berkshire County and its environs. We are indeed blessed with a great deal of excellent theatre, but we mustn’t become so star struck that we ignore the existence of…

REVIEW: “The Mikado” at the Weston Playhouse

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August 2006 In true Gilbertian fashion I will give this review two titles: Don’t Mess With My Mikado or Wha’ Happened?? I went to see The Mikado at the Weston Playhouse for fun, not as a theatre critic, but since it turned out to be one of the worst Mikados I’ve…

REVIEW: “The Pirates of Penzance” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June 2004 You must excuse me because I know way too much about The Pirates of Penzance. I have known every note of the score since I was eleven years old and appeared in the policeman’s chorus as a pathetically adolescent member of the constabulary. Tarantara.…

REVIEW: “H. M. S. Pinafore” at the Ghent Playhouse

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, March 2004 “Never mind the why and whereforeLove can level ranks and therefore…”– W.S. Gilbert On the off chance that you have not seen, heard, or heard of H.M.S. Pinafore in the 126 years since it first opened in London in 1878, the idea that love levels…

REVIEW: “Hollywood Pinafore” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 2003 I just loved this show! Of course, I know every line, lyric, and note of Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1878 operetta H.M.S. Pinafore – of which this 1945 George S. Kaufman opus is a clever parody – so I cannot imagine what entertainment value the show…

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