GILBERT AND SULLIVAN

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Why Gilbert and Sullivan Are More Relevant Than Ever

Could the time be ripe for a Gilbert and Sullivan revival? After taking in Vancouver Opera's opening night of The Pirates of Penzance, I am inclined to say yes. Ours is an era ripe for satire. How about a Pirates set on a beach in Somalia -- with the Major General as a BP executive covering up toxic waste? It can be applied to so many difficult situations -- and seems to make them somehow more bearable.