The Hypocrites' The Mikado
OBERON Shows, Special events
March 31 - April 5, 2015
The Mikado
"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."
Chicago Tribune

By Gilbert & Sullivan
Adapted and Directed by Sean Graney

The Chicago-based company The Hypocrites (Pirates of Penzance) reimagines this 1885 operetta, infusing the absurdist comedy of W.S. Gilbert’s libretto with Monty Python clownishness, and bringing a folk/pop interpretation to Arthur Sullivan’s lovely, lilting melodies. Expect zany fun and hip tunes in this vibrant adaptation of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most beloved works.
 
Please note that The Mikado has no fixed seats and is a General Admission show. You can physically move around the space with the actors, where there are surfaces on the set you can rest, but you may be asked to move during the performance.
 
Watch The Hypocrites perform "Gentlemen of This Land" from The Mikado:
 
 

“The Mikado” remains a clever, light-hearted entertainment, and the Hypocrites have given it a high-octane dose of additional zing that even die-hard fans will embrace, while neophytes will finally understand the staying power of Gilbert and Sullivan.  More

You’ll want to bring the kids. Even the beheading talk isn’t serious enough to trouble them, and a risqué line or two will go over their heads. Playing with the balloons is enthusiastically encouraged. More

You might consider this the ultimate stand-up comic routine, since most of the audience does just that. And one word of caution: there will be balloons. Lots of them. As for any qualms about tinkering with the text, one has a little list, but they'll none of them be missed. This production aims not to appease the purists among us, but to appeal in the broadest performing style to the broadest possible audience including children of all ages. More

Sean Graney finds the responses from audiences have generally been positive, though there are haters. "We're lucky that people generally enjoy our show. Real Gilbert and Sullivan purists - those that love, love, love Gilbert and Sullivan - really admire what we do. They've seen these shows hundreds of times, but this is a time to see the show a little bit differently..." More

“The Mikado,” says Sean Graney, is Gilbert & Sullivan at their best. “The music is beautiful, the songs are wonderful, the story is so convoluted and so crazy and so ridiculous, there’s so much celebration in the way that they look at this world.” More

Press Releases

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and OBERON are pleased to present the return of the Chicago company The Hypocrites with their version of THE MIKADO, adapted by Sean Graney from the operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan; directed by Sean Graney & Thrisa Hodits. Performances run March 31 through April 5 at OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge.

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Ticket prices

$30 Regular, $25 for A.R.T. Subscribers

Run time

80 minutes

Venue

OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Box Office: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

Need to know

Please note that The Mikado has no fixed seats. You can physically move around the space with the actors, where there are surfaces on the set you can rest, but you may be asked to move during the performance. 

Age Appropriateness

Recommended Ages 8 and up.

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs