By picking Carlisle Floyd’s Susannahfor its eighth production, San Francisco Parlor Opera has cunningly rendered moot your last excuse for not checking out its consistently terrific shows. The company has always performed its chosen operas in their original languages, lack of subtitles be damned — not that it’s necessary to be a polyglot to appreciate the artistry and drama that Parlor Opera packs into its micro-scale productions. But Floyd hails from South Carolina, and his dark tale of repression and prejudice plays out — in English — in the fictitious town of New Hope Valley, Tenn. Company co-founders Patricia Urbano and Cole Grissom bring their talents to the leading roles, and based on their smoldering past performances, we’ll assume that the pair will prove no less engaging when we can understand what they’re saying. Also auspicious is the return of director Tony Daussat, who led Parlor Opera’s ambitious and sophisticated take on Tosca last year. The company breaks new ground with each successive production, and it’s a safe bet that Susannah, too, will transcend the limitations of the living room.
Sat., Nov. 5, 7 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 12, 7 p.m., 2011