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Utopia, Limited

Sound familiar? Parliament had stipulated that a limited liability company must involve at least seven partners, but the clever Brits in Utopia see no magic in the number seven. Instead, Princess Zara explains, they’ve “applied the Limited Liability principle to individuals, and every man, woman, and child is now a Company Limited with liability restricted to the amount of his declared Capital! There is not a christened baby in Utopia who has not already issued his little Prospectus.” I understand that there is a fresh demand for Utopia, Limited in such far-away spots as Greece, Italy, and Spain.

Like Koko’s “I-have-a-little-list” speech in the Mikado, Utopia, Limited is full of topical references and provides many opportunities for contemporary updating. This the Blue Hill Troupe did brilliantly, grafting the whole “Occupy Wall Street” motif, replete with references to Twitter and Facebook, onto the penultimate scene. That movement was repellent as well as ridiculous in the original. The Blue Hill Troupe preserves the silliness while dispensing with the bad hygiene and presenting the politics, as they deserve, as farce. Among the many good signs carried by “protestors,” my favorite was I AM SO ANGRY I MADE A SIGN, which I thought epitomized the subtlety and thoughtful articulateness of the real denizens of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Unlike that exercise in juvenile political grandstanding, the Occupy Utopia movement had a happy ending for everyone. Captain Fitzbattleaxe, the king, and other male principals get the girls of their dreams; Utopia, Ltd., is transformed into that much more salubrious organization, a Limited Monarchy. The perfect utopia they’d created saw the lawyers, doctors, and generals out of work, so a soupçon of tonic dissension was introduced at the end by importing the two-party system. Thereafter modified peace and capitalistic prosperity seem destined to reign a good long time.

It would have been méchant of me to tell you about this marvelous performance and then reveal that you couldn’t see it. Rejoice: the operetta has another week to run. Click here to buy a ticket.