(L-R) Actors Michael Park, Laura Osnes, Lilli Cooper and F. Murray Abraham attend "The Threepenny Opera" Opening Night After Party at PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on April 7, 2014 in New York City. Monica Schipper/Getty Images/AFP
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This fluid production of the famously sardonic musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill is directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, with music direction by Gary S. Fagin.Brecht and Weill based their 1929 work on John Gay's 1728 parody, "The Beggar's Opera," creating a scathing satire of the Weimar era in Germany. One criminal leader muses that there's not much difference between robbing a bank and founding one, and most people affected by recent global recessions will heartily agree.Clarke's presentation of the Brecht-Weill classic may be more dreamlike and less harsh than other New York productions have been, but retains the essential core of dark humor that softens the bleak heart of this musical.
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