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"To quote Oscar himself, 'He fascinated everybody worth fascinating.' I found his story to be particularly apt for a performance work because so much of it is about just that, performance - Oscar performing as a cultural icon during his lifetime, the way he performed the 'role' of Oscar Wilde, performance in terms of his sexual identity and the culture of his time forcing that underground."
"At long last, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences has approved the proposed theater, dance, and media concentration after months of deliberation. Harvard students can declare the new major this fall, but senior Mark Mauriello, 22, already had a jump start."
"It’s fitting that the Harvard senior will soon portray Oscar Wilde: As a budding playwright, Mauriello reminds us of the man he’s playing."
"Wilde’s rise and fall mirrors the elusiveness of fame today, more than a century later, and the danger of living our lives so constantly in the spotlight. It also captures the timeless fervor of lust and young love, and the lengths to which we go when we find ourselves caught up in unhealthy but intoxicating relationships."
“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.
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.
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.
Edge Boston: 'The Mikado' Leaps Into the 21st Century (With a Little Help from Sean Graney) (March 31, 2015)
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..."
“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.”
A.R.T. educators helped students delve more deeply into ‘Father Comes Home,' encouraging them to share their thoughts, providing a scene for them to read aloud, and even asking them to write their own epic poems about the experience.