Reviews for Gilbert & Sullivan Austin Performances

Review #2 of 2: Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

Review #2 of 2: Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

by David Glen Robinson
Published on June 19, 2019

The combination of deadly serious high quality production and fairy-dusted, droll English high jinks, time-warped out of the nineteenth century, becomes a welcome flowery late spring, gradually turning into a crisped, sultry summer..

 

The people of Gilbert & Sullivan Austin take their G&S very seriously. So it may seem surprising that GSA would present Iolanthe (eye-oh-LAN-thee), the acme of silliness and illogic, as the peak of their season. But after attending the performance, one finds, curiously, that the combination of deadly serious high quality production and fairy-dusted, droll English high jinks, time-warped out of the nineteenth century, becomes a welcome antidote to a crowded Austin theatre ...

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Review #1 of 2: Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin, June 13 - 23, 2019

Review #1 of 2: Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin, June 13 - 23, 2019

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on June 17, 2019

Whether you're a veteran or a newcomer to the work of Gilbert and Sullivan, you won't find a better or more accurate production of their IOLANTHE in central Texas.

Iolanthe, pronounced "I Oh Lon Thee," is a comic opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan about the trials and tribulations of Strephon (who is half fairy and half mortal), his mother the fairy Iolanthe (who has been banned from fairyland for marrying a mortal), and Phyllis, the girl he loves. It is one of fourteen operettas for which Arthur Sullivan wrote the music and his creative partner W. S. Gilbert wrote the libretto ...

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Review: Ruddigore by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

Review: Ruddigore by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

by David Glen Robinson
Published on June 20, 2018

G&S Austin lays down a very smooth production of RUDDIGORE, with the advantage of recruiting probably the best singers in the Austin region. This year the star is tenor Danny Castillo.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, now playing at the Worley-Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School off north Lamar Boulevard, sparkles as a well-produced and well-performed gem of light opera. The show is the yearly grand production of Gilbert & Sullivan Austin, a largish cabal of G&S fanatics under the control, barely, of Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr.  The music, as always, is under the superb direction of Jeffrey Jones-Ragona.  

 

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Review: The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

Review: The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

by David Glen Robinson
Published on June 16, 2017

The PIRATES OF PENZANCE works its magic gradually. After the stage fills with absurd stereotypical costumes garbing actors swaying to corny lyrics, one’s adult critical reserve caves in. After that, one drinks the kool-aid of Victorian light opera.

Gilbert and Sullivan Austin premiered its 2017 Grand Production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance on June 15, 2017.  The company offers one full production per year, to great expectations always, and it does not disappoint with Pirates.  

 

The original production of The Pirates of Penzance took place in 1879 in New York City, not London. W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, and their producer Richard D’Oyly Carte moved the production ...

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Review: The Gondoliers, or The King of Barataria by Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

Review: The Gondoliers, or The King of Barataria by Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

by David Glen Robinson
Published on June 19, 2016

THE GONDOLIERS has superb voices, wacky humor full of puns and droll stupidities, and its general topsy-turvyness leaves audiences howling with laughter.

 The measure of any opera is the music, particularly the singing. In smaller urban markets such as Austin, the singing talent pool might seem somewhat restricted, as operatic voices are rare in the human species. Too often elsewhere in Austin’s musical theatre community, a production with a large cast may have only three to five singers good enough to tread the boards of a musical production. In contrast, all of the singers in The Gondoliers ...

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Review: The Sorcerer by Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

Review: The Sorcerer by Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

by David Glen Robinson
Published on June 28, 2015

Gilbert and Sullivan stand up very well indeed in the face of “progress.” Heartfelt thanks goes to GSSA for polishing this gem from the G&S trove.

The Sorcerer by Gilbert and Sullivan is finishing up its current run in Austin at the Brentwood Christian School on North Lamar.The show offers up more lapidary work by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin (GSSA) doing what it does best: historically faithful renditions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work. Fans of English light opera will be thrilled by the show, as will theatergoers of any type.  

 

The Sorcerer is one of ...

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