The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company's production of H.M.S. Pinafore romped thru Mandel Hall at the University of Chicago, March, 14, 2014 and the audience was grateful.
University of Chicago
At 136 years old, the famous light opera was rendered true to its period and so preserved a lavish look at theater in the last years of the 1800's. Women swooned, the villian crept about, and men spoke endlessly about their pining love. The orchestra obliged and the chorus tra-la-la'ed.
However the true wonder, the enduring charm and attraction, is in Gilbert & Sullivan's whimsy. Class distinctions and empire building and true love drive the story but the dream-like fairy dust of sailors and visitors bouncing delightfully from self-mockery to comic truth is what draws audiences to this farce decade by decade.
Convenient to the 55th Street train station in Chicago's Hyde Park community, Kikuya Japanese Restaurant serves authentic Japanese dishes in an energetic, urban setting.
Just a few weeks ago we dined, I ordered salmon teriyaki, delicious and flavorful. An unexpected surprise: probably the first time in a lifetime of trying I utilized chop sticks the entire meal. Didn't have to beg for the fork and knife, not even once. Well I guess you'd have to have been there too, but for me anyway it was a big deal.