The Threepenny Opera

The Garage Theatre continues its 2014 season of esoteric oddball gems with this month's production of Bertolt Brecht’s 1928 subversive comedy jazz musical. Considered a socialist commentary of a capitalist life, The Threepenny Opera follows antihero Macheath, who has just married his love, Polly Peachum. This royally pisses off Polly's father, a powerful man who rules over the town's beggars and homeless, and for the rest of the play, he tries to get Macheath arrested and hanged. Threepenny was one of the first productions to incorporate a jazz-influenced musical score into its story—and was such a hit when it debuted, that when, five years later, Brecht had to leave Germany because of Hitler's Machtergreifung, his play had already been translated into nearly 20 different languages and performed thousands of times.

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 7. Continues through Aug. 30, 2014

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