A decades-old theater favorite has gotten a little help from 1980s New York.
A production by Queens College’s Drama, Theatre & Dance department has captured the uproarious fun of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s work, “The Threepenny Opera,” written in 1928 Germany, just as fascism was starting to bear its teeth. Famously, it challenged the definition of opera.
The play, assembling a cast of crooks, beggars and whores to capture the seediest underbelly of Victorian London, was also a longtime staple on Broadway, running for years in the ’50s and ’60s.
This production, directed by Kay Matschullat, grabs hold of the musical’s gritty spirit and adds a dash of the vice-riddled wickedness of the ’80s, when “society’s safety nets had holes as big as today’s ozone layer,” Matschullat writes.