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Review: 'Iolanthe,' utterly delicious, sings out

UPDATED Sept. 24: Judith Pfeffer, affiliated with YourArlington since early 2019, was raised on Greek mythology, Tom Lehrer songs and Gilbert and Sullivan. She first saw a professional production of “The Mikado” while in third grade. With the assistance of her parents, she had previously submitted to the producers a request for a line change as a call-out to a then-popular television show, but it was not adopted.

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Arlington Friends of the Drama has started out strong in their yearlong celebration of its centennial. AFD, one of the oldest community theater companies in the nation, is mounting an excellent production of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s “Iolanthe.” As with many of their other comic operas from those Victorian composers, the plot involves young lovers facing obstacles to their relationship, multiple misunderstandings, satirical portrayals of government officials and a happy ending for all.

1882’s “Iolanthe” – less-well-known than the British pair’s most popular works (“H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Mikado,” “The Pirates of Penzance”) -- is nevertheless a respectable part of the canon and was previously produced thrice by the AFD – one of the reasons it was chosen to lead off this season.

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