When Gilbert and Sullivan wrote their comic operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" they probably pictured actors with eye patches — not beach shorts.
They probably didn't imagine an open bar on stage, either.
But that's exactly how the Chicago-based Hypocrites theater company has staged their version of "Pirates of Penzance," now on stage at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge through June 2. It's a boundary-busting, provocative, and raucous 80 minutes — a Gilbert and Sullivan production like you've never seen.
Rob McLean, Pirate King
Zeke Sulkes, Frederic
Christine Stulik, Mabel/Ruth
This segment aired on May 21, 2013.