A playful tale set in a make-believe Japanese town where flirting is a capital offence, The Mikado is actually a satire on Victorian British society. Nanki-Poo has fallen in love with the beautiful Yum-Yum, fiancée to the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko. When the Mikado, emperor of Japan, demands the execution of Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo volunteers to take Ko-Ko’s place under the condition that he first be allowed to marry Yum-Yum, chaos, desperation, and comical mayhem ensue.
July 27-29. $20-$54. Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
August 4-5. $17.50-$45. Napa Valley Opera House, Napa
August 11-12. $18-$52. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View
August 16-19. $15-$59. YBCA, San Francisco
August 25-26. $22-$46. Bankhead Theater, Livermore