This direction, given by Gary Gisselman to his cast in one of the final rehearsals for Kelsey Theaters upcoming production of The Threepenny Opera, is reflective both of Gisselmans directorial approach and the material of the show itself.
Threepenny tells the story of Mack the Knife, one of the most infamous criminals in Victorian London, and the world in which he lived.
This is not your typical musical its not Annie; its not Phantom of the Opera.
Its not nice, its not pretty and theres nothing particularly cheerful about its ending.
Its a story about beggars, thieves and prostitutes living in the gray areas of life.
This show is dark, sexy, sometimes hilarious, strongly performed and, more than likely, sure to offend some people.
Above all, Threepenny is reflective of Bertolt Brechts approach to playwriting.
A social critic, Brecht did not design his plays to be escapist; rather, they were intended to motivate audiences to think rather than be swept away by plots.
As a result, Threepenny does not present its audience with relatable characters.
Succinctly put by cast member Kate Olson 06, this is a show thats raw to the core.
Innovatively designed, the overall look of the show is a conglomeration of the Victorian era and a 1980s punk rock show.
It is incredibly complex, but its really gratifying to see the elements of staging and design and production coming together in a way thats both original and supportive of the themes of the show, Stage Manager Amanda Robbins 05 said.
If the rarity of this show isnt reason enough to see it, the productions intelligent team of cast and crew committed to bringing truth to the story should give theatergoers that much more incentive to see the show. However, the frankness with which Threepenny approaches some very adult themes may be shocking to some.
A show that doesnt offend says nothing, performer Becca Trombly 06 said. The fact that this show is so honest and so much less sugar-coated than what were used to seeing is what makes it appealing.
Threepenny will run Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday 2 p.m, and next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the theater department website or by calling the box office at x8987.