Savoyaires send up fads and the famous
Daniel Berry as Archibald Grosvenor and Olga Bojovic as Patience.
Evanston's Savoyaires theater company this month stages Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience," a satire of the late-19th century aesthetic movement and, more broadkly, the whole notion of fads and the famous.
In the show celebrity poet Reginald Bunthorne seeks to make Patience, a village milkmaid, his trophy wife.
Despite Bunthorne’s amorous attentions, the naïve Patience doesn’t even know what love is.
Meanwhile, Bunthorne is pursued by Lady Jane and a bevy of lovesick maidens, who in turn are pursued by a stolid troop of British dragoons.
The appearance of a rival poet, Archibald Grosvenor, sets off a hilarious chain of events that changes all the characters’ romantic allegiances. Featuring some of Gilbert’s wittiest dialogue and one of Sullivan’s most effervescent scores, critics "Patience" a delight from start to finish.
Pursuing and pursued: David Craven as Colonel Calverley, Jennifer Thompson as Lady Jane, Kingsley Day as Reginald Bunthorne, Olga Bojovic as Patience and Daniel Berry as Archibald Grosvenor.
This year’s Savoyaires production reunites the team responsible for last year’s show: director-choreographer A.J. Wester, music director Timothy Semanik, and producer Laima Day.
Also returning are costumer Ursula Rivera and, in leading roles, Olga Bojovic as Patience, David Craven as Colonel Calverley, Kingsley Day as Reginald Bunthorne, and Jennifer Thompson as Lady Jane.
Joining this year’s team are lighting designer Jake Bray and two-time Jeff-nominated set designer Grant Sabin.
Performances will be held at Chute Auditorium, 1400 Oakton St. in Evanston, on Oct. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7 at 3 p.m., Oct. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $22/17/12 ($17/12/7 for ages 12 and under) and may be purchased by phone at (847) 563-0155, online at www.savoyaires.org/tickets, or by mail from Savoyaires, P.O. Box 126, Evanston, IL 60204.
The Savoyaires, now in their 48th year, are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.