“I have seen Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury before, but after witnessing the production that opened at the Underground on Thursday night, I do not think I will ever want to see it again. That is because it would be nigh impossible for another cast to match this absolutely brilliant production directed by Jeffrey Madison.
The case at the bar regards a breach of promise trial that goes horribly awry: One look at a picture of the lovely plaintiff and the jury is ready to convict the defendant before the trial even begins. However, “Trial by Jury” is a one act that consumes a bit more than a half-hour’s time on stage, which hardly warrants a night at the comic opera.”
“Fortunately, this production more than doubles that time with a engaging prologue play in which impresario D’Oyly Carte (Jason Scorich) tells how Gilbert (Drew Autio) and Sullivan (Zach Winkler) came to form their tumultuous partnership and work on this particular show. Various Gilbert & Sullivan songs are thrown into the mix, sung mostly by the members of the Bridesmaid Quartet: Aliese Hoesel, Kayla Mudgett, Becky Farmer and Catherine Brown.”
Performing: February 27 & 28
Where: The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St.
Tickets: Adults-$16 | Students – $12 at duluthunderground.org or (218) 733-7555
Tickets for tonight’s performance (2/27) are SOLD OUT. We have added 12 seats on the upper mezzanine level, but these will be sold at the door ONLY for $8 a ticket for tonight’s show. First come, first serve! Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s performance, and you can purchase them online or by calling 218.733.7555.
This review originally appeared in the Duluth News Tribune on February 26, 2015 and was written by Lawrence Bernabo.