|Alicia Berneche as Polly, Jim DeVita as Macheath, and|
Tracy Michelle Arnold as Jenny Diver
We are one week away from opening night of The Threepenny Opera, and the excitement is setting in. Having sat through rehearsal on Wednesday night, a few things strike me about Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece. It can be aggressive and gritty, but also surprisingly tender, and quite honest in its portrayal of longing. I was also surprised at how funny it can be – the humor is at turns witty and crass. There is of course an air of satire and irony, and yet, despite what Brecht may have intended, one can’t help but empathize with certain characters. In summary, The Threepenny Opera is every bit as entertaining and thought provoking as its reputation has led me to expect.
Two items of note:
1) If you don’t follow @MadOpera on Twitter, you may want to, or at least visit the site to view our live-updates and photos from rehearsals. Same goes for our Facebook page, where there’s always an interesting conversation or contest going on, like our recent Threepenny CD giveaway.
2) This is the 300th post on The MadOpera Blog. Thank you to all of the generous readers of the last two and half years!