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The Threepenny Opera

Book and lyrics by: Bertolt Brecht
Music by: Kurt Weill
Translated by: Wallace Shawn
Directed by: Scott Elliott
Cast: Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Ana Gasteyer, Cyndi Lauper, Nellie McKay, Christopher Innvar, Carlos Leon, Brian Charles Rooney, Adam Alexi-Malle, Terry Burrell, Brian Butterick, David Cale, Romain Fruge, John Herrera, Nehal Joshi, Christopher Kenney, Maureen Moore, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Deborah Lew, Valisia Lekae Little, Kevin Rennard, & Lucas Steele
Synopsis: The Threepenny Opera thrusts the audience into the seedy underworld of Mack the Knife, a dapper criminal and his wry love affair with Polly Peachum.

What the critics had to say.....

BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �Shrill, numbing revival.�
CLIVE BARNES of THE NEW YORK POST says "Absolutely foolproof. Well, not quite."
HOWARD KISSEL of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "Listless and numbing ... revival."
MICHAEL SOMMERS of the STAR-LEDGER says "The garish show is phony in concept, moribund in staging and worst of all, it's rarely entertaining."
ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says "This Threepenny is a pretty dull piece of change."
ROMA TORRE of NY1 says "It turns out that ole Mackie hasn't lost his bite."
JACQUES LE SOURD of JOURNAL NEWS says "Clogged, unintelligible � and supremely unnecessary."
ROBERT FELDBERG of The Record says "The revival ... is remarkable. The presentation reminds you that one of the most exciting things in the theater is seeing a director take a big chance, and pull it off."
LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "The much-anticipated revival feels more like a postdecadence fashion show"
MICHAEL KUCHWARA of the ASSOCIATED PRESS says "It would be nice, perhaps, to get a little entertainment with our alienation. But there's not much to be found. A strenuous, slow-moving revival."
FRANK SCHECK of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "An overstuffed stew composed of ingredients that have begun to spoil. "

External links to full reviews from newspapers

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Associated Press
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