Tag: Gilbert & Sullivan

  • The Simpsons Survive the Apocalypse in the Stellar Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

    Is it tragic that tens of millions of people’s entire conception of Gilbert & Sullivan comes from a minute or so of silliness on a Simpsons episode? Or is it laudable that The Simpsons, once our culture’s smartest pop phenomenon, at least managed to set down even that much of “For He Is an Englishman” […]

  • GILBERT & SULLIVAN, The Ballet!–Ko-Ko on Toe-Toe

    May 13 was Arthur Sullivan’s 169th birthday, so there was free champagne in the lobby at intermission. The singing was good, the dancing considerably better. As one of New York’s innumerable and incurable Gilbert & Sullivan addicts, I probably haven’t any right to complain. So I’ll just repeat what that ineffably cranky wit, William Schwenk […]

  • Convention: Your 2008 Democratic Clusterfuck in Denver, Unplugged!

    Turns out there are a lot of logistics involved in putting on a big show, according to this ever-circling, Gilbert and Sullivan–scored take on the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Orchestrated by nonfiction maven and filmmaker AJ Schnack (Kurt Cobain About a Son), the good-natured record dwells on the travails of affable convention organizers […]

  • Got a Taste for Antiques? Modiste Displays Classic 1905 Workmanship

    It’s been a century since composer Victor Herbert (1859–1924) was the king of New York’s musical theater, and while his tunes aren’t exactly forgotten, the 40-odd shows in which they were sung have mostly been gathering dust since World War II. But as sometimes happens when you dust off great-grandma’s old furniture up in the […]

  • The Pool and the Rabbit Hole

    While many summer theater festivals flee the city for leafy climes, others, stuck at home, develop ingenious strategies for cooling off. “Swim Shorts II” stages its site-specific one-acts in and around the rooftop pool of the 57th Street Holiday Inn. Taking a more cerebral route, the Ontological Theater’s “Blueprint Series” explores chilly subterranean depths. In […]

  • Mike Leigh Improvises on History

    A definitively contemporary director, Mike Leigh has made a foray into the 19th century with Topsy-Turvy, a biopic of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the result is awe inspiring. Voluminously researched and directed with an obsessive attention to detail, an architectural sense of narrative, a barbed wit, and a compassion for human frailties, Topsy-Turvy is perhaps […]