Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

Marriage, That Blessed Arrangment

Marissa and I went to see the GSVLOC's production of The Sorcerer this afternoon, and it was a lot of fun.

They did a good job of subbing in modern references where appropriate. For example, the sorcerer's speech on his wares included Harry Potter references instead of Arabian Nights. And his "Love Me, Hate Me" duet with Lady Sangazure referenced cheese curds and NASCAR instead of One Tree Hill and Rosherville.

I've always liked Asimov's resolution in The Up-to-Date Sorcerer better, though. Mr. Wells gets the short end of the stick for no good reason in G&S.

The play is not particularly daring, however--- there is little satire. And while class differences still exist today, marriages crossing classes excite less comment. But the same setup could easily be used to tweak modern marriage taboos...
Tags: humor, music, opera
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