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The Threepenny Opera (Penguin Classics)

The Threepenny Opera (Penguin Classics)
Author: Bertolt Brecht
ISBN 13: 9780143105169
ISBN 10: 143105167
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2007-12-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $11.00

Brutal, scandalous, perverted, yet humorous, hummable, and with a happy ending- Bertolt Brecht's revolutionary masterpiece The Threepenny Opera is a landmark of modern drama that has become embedded in the Western cultural imagination. Through the love story of Polly Peachum and "Mack the Knife" Macheath, the play satirizes the bourgeois of the Weimar Republic, revealing a society at the height of decadence and on the verge of chaos. Complemented with music by Kurt Weill, it was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz into the theater, and the song "Mack the Knife" became one of the most popular and widely recorded songs of the twentieth century.

Lillian Hellman

The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time.