Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado or, The Town of Titipu, is the pair's most frequently performed operetta. It's hard to imagine why. The plot weaves a complicated love story, an element that is all but required for any kind of theatrical production. But the main purpose of the play is to satirize Japan's pompous officials, ridiculous legislation and political spin. How in the world could contemporary American audiences relate to satire of such exotic and geographically specific targets? Performances of The Mikado are at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays with 3 p.m. Saturday matinees through October 10 at The Belaire Plaza, 420 E. Pipeline Road in Hurst. Tickets ($9 to $16) and information are available by calling 817-284-1200 or visiting artisanct.com.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 4. Continues through Oct. 10, 2009