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Threepenny for your thoughts

Mack the Knife’s in town.

“The Threepenny Opera” with music by Kurt Weill and the book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht will be presented by UNCG Theatre in the Taylor Theatre, Sept. 28-Oct. 6.

A milestone of 20th century musical theater, “The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper)” incorporates sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret.

In Victorian London’s seamy underworld, gangster “Macheath” — better known as “Mack the Knife” — impetuously weds pretty Polly, invoking the wrath of her father. But with help from the crooked police chief , Polly’s father plans Mackie’s downfall in this classic musical satire

A competitively awarded grant from The Kurt Weill Foundation in NYC is helping with production expenses. Department head Jim Fisher notes director Christine Morris’ pursuing this grant (with others in the department), particularly in the wake of the university-wide cutbacks, allows Theatre to produce it with the “flair our audiences have come to expect.”

This is not the first big season-opening musical she has directed at UNCG Theatre. Christine Morris directed the memorable “Sweeney Todd” two seasons ago.

Tickets are $23 for adults; $18 for students & senior citizens; $15 for UNCG Alumni & Groups of 10+; $10 for UNCG Students. These prices include the University Box Office per ticket service and handling fee. Note that online purchases have additional service/transaction fees.

Tickets are available at the University Box Office noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the EUC and Music Building and by phone at 334-4849. Tickets are also available for online purchases at Threepenny Opera Online Tickets.

Performances are in the Taylor Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, 29; Oct. 4, 5 & 6: 2 p.m. on 1 & 2; and 8 p.m. on Sept. 30 & Oct. 1.

See more comprehensive story at UNCG News.

V1sual: Phillip Lynch as “Mack the Knife”