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Decapitation, disembowelment, immersion in boiling oil or molten lead are the eventualities upon which [the characters'] attention and that of the audience is kept fixed with gruesome persistence Over the course of the following year, the organization convened an advisory panel, diversified its company by hiring more Asian-American actors and brainstormed ways to contextualize the show.

In a panic, Ko-Ko declares that he has gone abroad—to Knightsbridge.

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Ko-Ko comes in to announce that he has discovered a law that decrees that when a married man is executed, his wife is to be buried alive. The main resulting innovation is a new prologue, written by Mr. Analysis and reception[ edit ] Themes of death[ edit ] Ko-Ko reveals that when a man is beheaded, his wife is buried alive: from Gilbert's children's book The Story of the Mikado. When a discussion occurs of Nanki-Poo's life being "cut short in a month", the tone remains comic and only mock-melancholy. Auxier, which frames the operetta as the fantasy of a Victorian librettist, caused by mild head trauma. The first public production, given at three performances, was in in the Ernie Pyle Theatre in Tokyo, conducted by the pianist Jorge Bolet for the entertainment of American troops and Japanese audiences. It also feels quite organic. The story of The Mikado revolves around a young fellow named Nanki-Poo who has banished himself from the little town of Titipu. Continuation of revival after early closure of The Grand Duke. About England, Pooh-bah is something more than a satire; he is the truth. He has had to disguise himself to avoid being married off to the elderly Katisha.

Dancing, everyone leaves. Other examples of this are when self-decapitation is described as "an extremely difficult, not to say dangerous, thing to attempt", and also as merely "awkward".

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Traditional productions have enthusiastically amplified the Victorian-era casual racism of the work with extravagant amounts of bowing and shuffling and casts of white actors singing in a pinched, nasal tone while sporting taped-back eyelids and yellowish makeup.

Ko-Ko's final speech affirms that death has been, throughout the opera, a fiction, a matter of words that can be dispelled with a phrase or two: being dead and being "as good as dead" are equated.

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At the heart of this operetta by the librettist William Gilbert and the composer Arthur Sullivan is a satire skewering British bureaucratic zeal.

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