I've not seen Pacific Overtures before, so it took me a little while to get used to Michael Strassen's highly stylised production, which features an all-male cast and borrows influences from kabuki and butoh. But, for a show famous for its difficult score, the opening number "The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea" is surprisingly accessible, although later songs do throw in quite a complex number of influences both Eastern and Western, with even a bit of Gilbert and Sullivan seeming to creep in once the American ships are joined by British, Dutch and French ones.
Pacific Overtures by Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman and Hugh Wheeler is booking until the 2nd of August at the Union Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval.
1of course, this is also an all-male cast and there's been a lot of talk about the lack of roles for women lately as well; but this is produced by Sasha Regan so it's probably fair to say her membership of the sisterhood was revoked long ago.