The show is packed with solid performances by a uniformly strong cast, but there are a few real standouts.
Polly Peachum and her parents, played by Elizabeth Ghandour 06 and faculty members Jim McKeel and Mary Martz, singing Lifes a Bitch and Then You Die is delightfully irreverent, charmingly choreographed and impeccably sung.
What Keeps a Man Alive? stands out as one of the only pieces performed by the company as a whole. Innovatively staged, it showcases the vocal strengths of the ensemble while reiterating Brechts view of lifes inherent darkness.
The shows narrators, Max Wojtanowicz 06 and Amy Trowbridge 05, have the unenviable task of singing the same tune close to a dozen times throughout the course of the show, but they pull it off. Their sassy and fun choreography starts off with fresh energy each and every time.
The Pimps Tango sung by Jenny (Kate Olson 06) and Mack (Tom Borger 06) and danced by Becca Trombly 06 and Ben Hyde 05, presents the life of a pimp and his whore through words and dance executed unflinchingly, with great artistry and without a hint of glorification.
Finally, in an intentionally unrelatable show, moments in which the audience can identify with the ethos of the characters are rare. In Pirate Jenny, however, Olsons lament over her desperate desire to escape creates an undeniable audience empathy.
An amazingly complex show from a technical standpoint, Threepennny is nonetheless incredibly united. Its design, which melds the feel of Victorian England and 1980s punk rock, gives the show an almost timeless feel while remaining visually pleasing especially the punk feel of the light and costume design.
The central set structure remains the same for the duration for the show which, complimented by the professionalism of the technical staff, makes for smooth transitions and overall cohesion in the piece.
The show does stutter slightly a couple times along the way Mack performs numerous songs prior to his death, and while they are sung very well, they drag a bit. There are also moments, though they are few and far between, when some of the vocals are difficult to hear. Because of the complex nature of the show, there are a few elements of the piece that are hard to understand after only one viewing. And if you are looking for a happy ending, you arent going to get one (and youre going to be subtly mocked for wanting one) though most people, including this reviewer, will probably see this as a strength.
Its dark, its seedy, its sexual, its raw but its also real. The underlying message of the show is that if Threepennys reality is something that offends you, do something about it.