The Threepenny Opera, The Garage Theatre IN COLLISION WITH Alive Theatre, Long Beach, CA

August 2, 2014 8:56 PM

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Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera," directed by Eric Hamme for the Garage Theatre IN COLLISION WITH Alive Theatre, offers a rambunctiously cynical look at London's demimonde, at the corporatization of its street beggars, at the doings of its criminal underworld. It's also a love story, of sorts. Mostly, though, exquisitely staged and acted, it's a hoot.

Jonathan Peachum (Mark Piatelli) has a monopoly on London's beggars. He's not so much corrupt as he's oppressive. Poor little Filch (Lysander Ruesehk), for instance, has to fork out half his earnings as well as pay for the rags he wears. Jonathan's married to Celia (Ellen Warkentine), his equal in c...

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