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  The Mikado at Chopin Theatre

The Mikado

Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division Chicago

There's too much flirting going on in the town of Titipu- and it's against the law! So the Mikado (emperor of all) decrees that heads must roll. But what can you do when love is in the air? Running in rep with The Pirates of Penzance.

Thru - Jan 19, 2013

Price: $28

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-278-1500

Running Time: 1hr, 35mins

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  The Mikado Reviews
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  • Recommended
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Graney's use of promenade-style movement has greatly increased in sophistication over the decade or so I've been watching him experiment, and all the switching around in "The Mikado," which features a joyous set and costumes from Michael Smallwood and Alison Siple, has a new smoothness and ease that the diverse audience at The Hypocrites clearly has embraced. In our tough city, artful, innovative shows that can spark grins, smiles and communal good feeling are crucial to be our well being, especially in winter. This is one such show for all."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...The audience is invited to follow them as they move around the space. The circus concept doesn't suit the material as well as the beach-party conceit suits Graney's hit Pirates of Penzance (with which The Mikado is running in repertory), but it's still fun. The cleverest touch is the gender-bending casting of talented tenor Shawn Pfautsch as both the hero--"wand'ring minstrel" Nanki-Poo--and Katisha, the hag who amorously pursues him."
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Albert Williams

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...A shared cast of ten actor-musicians enacts both Gilbert and Sullivan pieces this year in Graney's favored promenade style; roaming actors and audience members lay equal claim to the space. Co-adapter Kevin O'Donnell cleverly reorchestrates Sullivan's score for instruments ranging from acoustic guitar to toy piano. While the ensemble members may not find much deeper meaning in the farcical tale of hidden identities, self-contradicting laws and impossibly overlapping love connections, they mine it for every bit of fun. Shawn Pfautsch and Emily Casey are particularly impressive in dizzy double roles as Nanki-Poo/Katisha and Yum-Yum/the Mikado, respectively. Graney, Smallwood and costume designer Alison Siple thankfully veer as far as possible from exploitative Orientalism, making this a safely cringe-free family pick."
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Kris Vire

Chicago Now - Highly Recommended

"...THE MIKADO is staged in promenade. The play moves throughout the space and the audience does too. The cast of ten are multi-talented. They play instruments. They sing songs. They zing jokes. And they do this in constant motion. The limber cast stroll through balloons and jump onto platforms. It's a serenading three ring circus."
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Katy Walsh

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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