, the last great success by composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W. S. Gilbert. The handsome and charming sons of a gondolier have carried on with the family business and selected brides from the town groupies, though royal complications soon arise. The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston has performed this comic opera every July since 1952; stage director Alistair Donkin, who plays The Duke, credits the music. “The tunes are always hummable. It’s a nice knockabout comedy. You come out whistling.” Donkin notes that G&S songs have been featured in TV’s Batman
, The Simpsons
and The Big Bang Theory
. “If it’s good enough for Sheldon Cooper, it’s good enough for us.”
2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also 8 p.m. July 21, 2:30 and 8 p.m. July 22. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 281-724-8363 or visit gilbertandsullivan.org
. $28 to $53.
If you want to get chicks, go row a boat. Or at least so goes the plot in