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Off-Monroe Players preview "Foggerty's Fairy"

The cast of "Foggerty's Fairy" from the Off-Monroe Players.

Most theater lovers are familiar with the operetta masterpieces written by the Victorian geniuses W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan: The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, and many more. But few nowadays know of Gilbert's work as a playwright.

Well before he began collaborating with Sullivan in the 1870s, William Schwenck Gilbert was one of the most successful dramatic authors in England, already known for his unique satirical wit and topsy-turvy sense of humor.

The Off-Monroe Players will provide a glimpse into Gilbert’s rarely-encountered repertoire when it presents his “Original Fairy Farce” Foggerty's Fairy later this month.

Performances are Friday, January 26, Saturday, January 27, Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, January 28 and February 4 at 2 p.m., at Salem United Church of Christ. (The January 26 opening night will be ASL interpreted.) Admission is free but reservations are recommended; call 232-5570 to reserve.

Foggerty’s Fairy is Gilbert’s tale of a Victorian gentleman, Frederick Foggerty, who is about to be married. On his wedding morning, Foggerty attempts, with the aid of his slightly dim guardian angel, to set his life on the right track by erasing a romance from his past. Despite his intentions, when he tries to change the past, things go spectacularly awry and he soon wishes he hadn't!

Off-Monroe Players members Suzanne Bell and Kathy Coughenour stopped by Good Day Rochester to talk about the upcoming show.

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