When a felon's not engaged


It could be the anthem of that disgraced Congressman retiring to his yacht:

When a felon's not engaged in his employment
Or maturing his felonious little plans
His capacity for innocent enjoyment
Is just as great as any honest man's.

It's sung by a chorus of Keystone Kops, whose courage must be kept up by "the trumpet's martial sound" lest they lose the heart to do their duty and capture the pirates.

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Pirates poster; Christina Villareale with fans

Those would be the Pirates of Penzance, and all this is, of course, just a Gilbert & Sullivan romp with a plot that's simultaneously antiquated and silly, contemporary and profound. "O men of dark and dismal fate, forego your cruel employ" could be the Libs talking to the Neocons, no? "Oh false one, you have deceived me" could be Karl sticking it to Valerie. "Go to death and go to slaughter" could be a memo from the Pentagon if it weren't so hilarious.

Darling of the show is locally-grown soprano Christina Villareale as the girl whose "homely face and bad complexion have caused all hope to disappear of ever winning man's affection." Hah! What a voice, what a performer!

Playing the very model of a modern Major General is none other than KIRO talk show host Dave Ross. Had he won the Congressional election, he'd be singing his patter to the Beltway crowd:

When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery
When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery...

He knows he's telling a terribly story, but then, as we've learned over the decades, the World's Policeman's lot is not a happy one. The show, however, is a graceful delight. Take any heart, take mine.

Pirates of Penzance, Bagley Wright Theater through July 29th, 206-443-2222


This post should have included a disclaimer. At the age of sixteen or so, Ronald played the role of the Major General in a high school production to such starchy perfection that he brought down the house.
Reliving the past through the present, are we, Ronald?

Pesky kid brothers. Gwan, beat it!

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