August 2 - 25

Iolanthe

Lamplighters Music Theatre
By Michael Zwiebach

IolantheIolanthe, or the Peer and the Peri may not be the most famous or most remembered show by Gilbert and Sullivan, but it is one of their best. Sullivan’s music is enchanting and at its most flexible (check out the rhythmic variety in the Act 1 finale, for example). Gilbert’s libretto is his usual mashup of gleeful nonsense and good-natured barbs. You sometimes wish the show had a little more sting, instead of feeling like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but the satire of upper class privilege is there, if you really want it, especially in the confrontation between the fairies and the peers, which leads to exchanges like this one:

LORD MOUNTARARAT: I don’t want to say a word against brains; I’ve a great respect for brains. I often wish I had some myself, but with a House of Peers composed exclusively of people of intellect, what’s to become of the House of Commons?

LEILA: I never thought of that!

LORD MOUNT: This comes of women interfering in politics.

Lamplighters Music Theatre is, of course, the local specialist in this repertoire. In addition to the experienced crew of Savoyards, Lamplighters is constantly pulling in young singers and actors from the S.F. Conservatory and elsewhere, so that the company is renewed. Iolanthe promises to be a bit of smiling, summer fun that won’t remind you of actual politics.

Michael Zwiebach is the senior editor/ content manager for SFCV. He assigns all articles and content, manages the writing staff and does editing. A member of SFCV from the beginning, Michael holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Event Information

Musical Theater, Opera
Iolanthe

    Iolanthe

    Additional Dates:
    Fri August 2, 2013 8:00pm
    Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theater
    Sat August 3, 2013 2:00pm
    Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theater
    Sun August 4, 2013 2:00pm
    Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theater
    Sat August 10, 2013 8:00pm
    Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
    Sun August 11, 2013 2:00pm
    Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
    Fri August 16, 2013 8:00pm
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    Sat August 17, 2013 8:00pm
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    Sat August 17, 2013 2:00pm
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    Sun August 18, 2013 2:00pm
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    Sat August 24, 2013 8:00pm
    Bankhead Theater
    Sun August 25, 2013 2:00pm
    Bankhead Theater

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