“A holiday show for all seasons … joyous … all you have to do is dive in maties.” San Jose Mercury News

“An irresistible party … among the most carefree and joyous events served up this season.” The Washington Post

“Big time fun.” Chicago Tribune

“A musical pleasure.” The Boston Globe

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Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a well-stocked Tiki Bar and beach balls welcome the audience to this raucous and utterly zany beach party adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. The entire audience joins the cast on the stage-beach, immersed in the action alongside sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy Major General. It is a spunky model of a (post)modern major musical.

The Hypocrites, founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Sean Graney, is one of Chicago’s premier off-Loop theater companies, specializing in mounting bold productions that challenge preconceptions and redefine the role of the audience. The company has a reputation for creating exciting, surprising, and deeply engaging theater as it re-interprets classics and tackles ambitious new works.


Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Directed and adapted by Sean Graney
Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell
Music direction by Andra Velis Simon
Scenic Designer: Tom Burch
Properties Design: Maria DeFabo
Lighting Design: Heather Gilbert
Sound Design: Kevin O’Donnell
Choreographer: Katie Spelman
Costume Design: Alison Siple

Cast: Shawn Pfautsch, Matt Kahler, Rob McLean, Tina Munoz-Pandya, Amanda Martinez, Dana Omar, Christine Stulik, Emily Casey, Mario Aivazian, Danny Goodman

Produced by The Hypocrites
Executive Director: Kelli Strickland


NYU Skirball’s “Serious Fun” family matinee series is made possible in part with generous support from Con Edison for family educational and enrichment programming.


This project is made possible in part with support from Collins Building Services and Aramark.

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Laurence Maslon on the Hypocrites

The reception from the buoyant and boisterous Americans was beyond anything the British musical team could have imagined.