Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.

A young lady I know named Melissa is currently playing a pirate in a Georgetown Day School production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance."

Funny thing, the D'Oyly Carte is putting on the same at the Kennedy Center.

I havent seen Melissa's production, but one thing the D'Oyly Carte "Priates" conveys is that this operetta is mostly for the kiddies - either to do or to watch.

The dear old thing was 98 years old this month, and its particular lunacy is as rollicking as ever, and its music has certainly deserved its century of popularity.

Maybe it is the broadness with which the companyis painting it these days. Maybe it always was more burlesque than satire. Or maybe it's just that, like addled Ruth, twice 47 years is a tad too long for unabating love to accumulate.

Of course this is the first of the five productions the company is doing on this tour without either Kenneth Sandford or John Reed in a role.

The "Privates" cast is quite adequate; the female chorus hasn't sounded better, James Conroy Ward does his best as Major General Stanley, but somehowor other its all gotten to be a bit too - well - predictable.