For two goyim, Gilbert and Sullivan sure translate well into Yiddish. The Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company returns to the city with the New York premiere of Der Yiddisher Pinafore, running weekends Aug. 12-27 at Theater at the New 14th Street Y. Georgia McGill directs. In this Yiddish language version, the classic comedy about a young sailor in love with the wealthy captain's daughter is given a Jewish twist -- the lovers aren't separated by class, but by religion. Other productions by the company have included Der Yiddisher Mikado and Di Yam Gazlonim (The Pirates of Penzance).
All Yiddish Light Opera shows are double- and triple-cast with the 51 member company filling the various roles. Playing Rokhl, the Captain's daughter will be Arlene Kane, Ricki Zibitt and Gloria Montlack. As the young sailor, Labe, are Al Barouch and Ethan Fran with producer and Mikado adaptor Bob Tartell and Al Grand as Der Kapitan.
Tickets are $30. The Theater at the New 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues.
-- By Christine Ehren