RIVERSIDE: Updated ‘Pirates of Penzance’ full of surprises

Set aside whatever preconceptions you have of “The Pirates of Penzance.” John Blondell, 55, promises a fresh take on the Riverside Repertory Company’s production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that he’s guest directing at The Box. …As a professor of theater arts at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, he did more than pump new blood into the 1879 musical. more

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