Mack the Knife returns to New York City
The Threepenny OperaLinda Gross Theater (336 W 20th St, New York, NY) Map it $75
A sexy, traditional version of The Threepenny Opera that features excellent acting, singing and style. F. Murray Abraham leads the cast as Macheath but, truthfully, there's not a not a weak actor on stage and with the Weimar Berlin aesthetic plus the appearance of a pretty adorable english bulldog, the audience is quickly transported to 19th century London. The Atlantic Theater Company has gotten off to an excellent start to the season with the riveting Conor McPherson play The Night Alive and this beautiful Brecht classic.
Inspired by the art, style and sensuality of Weimar Berlin, legendary director and choreographer Martha Clarke joins forces with the Atlantic to breathe new life into the original Marc Blitzstein translation, which premiered in 1954 at the Theatre de Lys, now the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Threepenny follows the charismatic scoundrel Macheath and his exploits in 19th century London. In this “opera for beggars,” an assortment of characters maneuver for advantage, revealing a profoundly corrupt society and asking the question: Must one be a criminal to survive in this world?