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Gilbert & Sullivan's PATIENCE opens at Alleyway on Friday

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In the history of musical theater, operettas were a bridge between opera, where every word is sung and what today we call musicals, where there is a lot of dialog, with songs throughout. But early operettas had songs that didn't really move the plot along. Then, after some successes under their belts, the team of Gilbert (lyrics) and Sullivan (music) wrote PATIENCE, a satire about poseurs. It was groundbreaking in that the songs were actually integral to the plot.

Opera-Lytes presents PATIENCE, opening this Friday at 7:30 at the Alleyway Theatre in downtown Buffalo. Two principles, Sara Kovasci (who plays Lady Jane, in love with Bunthorne) and John Vogt, who plays Reginald Bunthorne (who is in love with Patience) make up two thirds of the love triangle. They spoke with Theater Talk co-host Peter Hall.