by Scott Lozier
Blogger's note: I was going to rewrite the lyrics for Major-General's Song as my review. But I was worried about finding a rhyme for cuneiform.
I had never been to a Harvard Gilbert & Sullivan production until I had a desire to introduce my 5-year old to musical theater and to decided to take him to The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty. "Pirates" is at Harvard's historic Agassiz Theatre through May 2 and Arts First weekend.
For a couple of days I have been trying to figure out why I thought it was so terrific. The music is splendid. The singing is outstanding. The acting is good (it was opening weekend - so I think they'll get even better). The cast didn't miss a line of the comedy. And they gave out free cookies after the show. Still I wasn't sure.
It wasn't the play that is that good: It's ridiculously silly. You probably know it's about one pirate who wants to end pirating and falls in love with a general's daughter and there's a ridiculous misunderstanding about birthdays and leap years.
I now realize that "Pirates" made me feel like a kid again. Silly, vibrant and musical. It's magical and safe. It's "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang" without the child catcher. It's a great show to make you feel young again.
You have until May 2nd, when "Pirates" closes, to feel young again: Listing and tickets.