Pirates of Penzance at Darkhorse Theater 

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D-Aarrrrr-khorse Presents...
One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved comic operas, Pirates found enormous popularity in America from the get-go, when (in a major departure from precedent) it made its 1879 world premiere in New York City. The story behind the 130-year-old opera is as contemporary as file-sharing crackdowns: The famous writing duo was upset at the time about copyright infringement, as their prior successes were being mounted stateside with little regard for royalty payments. Instead of hiring a fleet of lawyers, though, they crafted this satirical romp about "pirates." And a lively one it is, featuring jolly scalawags, lovely ladies and a robust, bouncy score that includes the tongue-twisting "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General." Dan McGeachy directs the new ACT I production, with a cast that includes Hank Hildebrand, Joe Robinson, Daniel Vincent, Valerie Navarre and Elizabeth Hayes.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 30. Continues through Feb. 14, 2009

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