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Princess Ida is good fun from G&S Players

Princess Ida
The MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players.
Conducted by Robert Weingart.
Directed by Karen Mueller.
Sala de Puerto Rico,
April 3-5, 9-11 at 8 p.m.
April 4, 11 at 2 p.m.

By Jonathan Richmond
Advisory Board

The new production of Princess Ida isn't up to the hit standards of many of the Gilbert & Sullivan Players' recent offerings. But although there is little that is outstanding, the Players provide an entertaining evening nonetheless, and quite a few laughs along the way.

Princess Ida might well have been a story about Wellesley and MIT, including as it does such elements as a women's college with upper-crust pretensions and a bunch of gormless nerds. You've guessed it, this is about a guy chasing an unattainable girl, and the would-be-womanizer of this show is Hilarion, played by Ted Workman. Workman's voice was weak, unfortunately, and his acting on the lukewarm side as well. The two friends Hilarion takes along in tow, Florian and Cyril, played by Alex Panayi and Derek Herrera '92 respectively, were much more characterfully portrayed, with some good singing from Panayi.

David Stickney put in a good show as the somewhat wacko King Hildebrand, and the three nerds -- Arac, Guron, and Scynthius (Adam Lindsay '94, David Alexander and Yank Sheiretov '92) -- were quite graceless enough to gain admission to MIT: nice acting here.

The best performance overall came from Eric Harder as King Gama. His sneer was dead on target, and he won the most snickers. Grace E. Colon sang with character, and proved stronger in both voice and action than Sallyanne Powers' Princess Ida. Alida Griffith had the right tones of pretended authority as Lady Psyche, listed in the program as a professor of humanities. The orchestra played adequately, but not as well as in many previous G & S productions. The chorus was energetic and helped move the evening along, which was just as well, as the Karen Mueller's direction lagged at times\