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THEATER | "The Sorcerer" 

Writer W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan were still a new team when they produced "The Sorcerer" in 1877; they went on to worldwide hits like "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Mikado," but this early work retains its charm. The story is thoroughly Gilbertian: a young man enlists the help of a sorcerer to give a love potion to his entire village — administered in their tea cups. The result includes some very inappropriate and funny match-ups, all set right by curtain time.

The Off-Monroe Players present "The Sorcerer" for three weekends, beginning this Friday. This is a production with a difference: director Brian Smith is presenting the show in the round, a first for the group and an unusual approach for an operetta. This G&S rarity will be preceded by a "Gilbert & Sullivan Jukebox" revue of many of the eminent Victorians' greatest hits.

Off-Monroe Players present "The Sorcerer" on Friday, November 7, through Sunday, November 9; Friday, November 14, through Sunday, November 16; and Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22, at Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner Street. 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays. Free admission, reservations recommended. 232-5570, off-monroeplayers.org.

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