Lyric Theatre’s _The Sorcerer_ features a magic tea potion

Photo: Bob March.

Is tea a magic potion as some people think? Only in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, which opens tonight at the Montgomery Theatre in downtown San Jose.  Presented by Lyric Theatre, The Sorcerer is a classic Gilbert & Sullivan light opera in that it has a romantic couple, a disaster, and a happy ending, with lots of great music, comedy, beautiful sets and costumes in between.  In this case, tea provides the disaster, because it’s really a magic love potion from the Sorcerer himself!

_The Sorcerer_ theater poster, ca. 1884, featuring the Sorcerer and the magic teapot.

The hero, Alexis, is a soon-to-be-married bridegroom who believes that love conquers all, and wants to test his theory on his neighbors.  He commissions the Sorcerer to create a magic love potion, and puts it in the tea at his wedding to Aline.  All the neighbors are there and drink the wedding toast, which is the magic tea potion, instead of champagne.  Of course, disaster, drama and hilarity ensue, as everyone falls in love with the first person they see, instead of the person who’s right for them.  This production contains a non-traditional twist, in that it’s set in India, and features Bollywood-style dancing!

Opening night is at 8 p.m. tonight, at the Montgomery Theatre, and performances continue through the weekend with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. this Sunday and next, and evening performances from Thursday, June 23 to Saturday, June 25.  To buy tickets, click here or call Lyric Theatre at (408) 986-1455.  Why not get downtown early – parking is easier – and go to dinner beforehand?  You could even go to tea at Satori Tea Bar, and then walk the 4 blocks to the Montgomery?

Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.

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For more information:
“The Sorcerer” plot and background from Wikipedia
Lyric Theatre Sorcerer web page
Lyric Theatre Facebook page for Sorcerer
Lyric Theatre of San Jose website
Restaurants near Montgomery Theatre
“Tea 101: How to brew a pot of hot tea using loose tea”
“San Jose’s newest tea shop: Satori Tea Bar”
“What is chai and where can I get it in San Jose?”
“How to make masala chai at home”
“How to make ‘instant’ chai”
“Review: afternoon tea at Satori Tea Bar”
“The top 10 tea myths: don’t be fooled by any of them!”


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