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May & Alia do Pirates! (of Penzance)

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May & Alia do Pirates! (of Penzance)

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You don’t have to know Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s morally dubious 1879 musical, to smile at two Australians’ slapstick spoof of “like, the greatest show ev-er.”

Behind the show’s sketches — the moustache duel, orphan/often confusion — is an obvious love on the part of the actors, Alia Vryens and May Jasper, for performing not just with G&S, but with each other. That love wouldn’t have got them through the hour, however, if they didn’t lean on some very timely, fun audience interaction.

There’s enough broad acting, weak moments and predictable jokes (plus an extended exit) to keep the show from really cooking. There’s also more than enough quick wit, clever gags and solid singing to send the audience out into street still chuckling and humming the tunes.

— Matt TenBruggencate

From the Fringe program:

It's the chance they've been waiting for. The rest of the cast are held up in traffic, have been eaten by the orchestra zombies (or maybe someone just forgot to call them), and now there is no other option. May and Alia are going to have to perform the whole of 'Pirates of Penzance' BY THEMSELVES.

With nothing to fall back on but funny voices and silly hats, what results is a lighthearted clowning/puppeteering musical which condenses 2 Acts of 'Pirates' into a 60 minute musket-blast of awesome.

Director: Eva Johansen

Cast: Alia Vryens, May Jasper

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Fringe Performers, Unemployed

Warnings: None

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