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Furman Theatre to Present “The Threepenny Opera”

Furman University Theatre will present “The Threepenny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, April 15-18, 22, and 25 at 8 p.m., with matinees April 18, 19, and 25 at 3 p.m. in the Theatre Playhouse on the Furman campus, Greenville, S.C. Brecht and Weill transformed John Gay’s old-fashioned ballad opera “The Beggar’s Opera” into a cold and biting commentary on capitalism and morality “by and for beggars” that has since inspired award-winners like “Cabaret,””Sweeney Todd,” and “Urinetown.” Directed by Furman’s Maegan McNerney Azar, “Threepenny” features a menagerie of characters who jockey for rank in a corrupt world. Audiences will recognize classics like “The Ballad of Mack the Knife” and “Jealousy Duet” in this pungent musical score. As Macheath says, “It’s art, it’s not nice.”