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Take Pythonesque cruise with 'Pirates'

One hundred and thirty-two years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan dreamed up a preposterous operetta involving a very modern major-general, his bevy of beautiful, naive daughters and a dutiful young Englishman apprenticed to a band of big-hearted buccaneers headquartered in Cornwall, "The Pirates of Penzance" has become a remarkably pliant concoction. It can be performed with care and affection by light opera companies and parodied by Chicago satirists like The Hypocrites (who soon will.
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