Theatergoers on their way into the Loeb Drama Center’s mainstage area encountered a party already in progress before the opening curtain: the cast of the innovative production of The Pirates of Penzance at the ART wearing leis, shorts, and Hawaiian shirts, and strumming guitars, banjos, mandolins, and ukuleles.
The highly original rendering of the classic operetta emerged from The Hypocrites, a Chicago-based theater company; the ART first presented it last May at its OBERON venue, as part of its Emerging America Festival. The audience response was enthusiastic, so Pirates returned, this time to the Loeb, to wrap up the ART’s 2012-13 schedule (it runs through June 2). Sean Graney, the Hypocrites’ founding artistic director, who conceived and directed the new production, will be a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study next year and will likely do more work in collaboration with ART.
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