Racy ‘Threepenny Opera’ comes to Arts Center

“Threepenny Opera,” the racy musical that inspired such others as “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” comes to the Lawrence Arts Center stage this week.

Set in the “decayed underbelly of a timeless and haunted London” and with actors in stripped-down Victorian garb, the production presents man’s inhumanity to man as the only way to survive the “food first, then morals” quandary, the arts center touts. Anti-hero Mack the Knife becomes a cult hero in the scriptwriter’s lament over the inequalities provided by a corrupt and money-driven society.

The production will feature music by the 12-piece Free State Liberation Orchestra.

“Threepenny Opera” is recommended for audiences 18 and older. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and Oct. 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28 at the arts center, 940 N.H.

Tickets are $20 for adults, or $17.50 for seniors and $15 for students. Purchase tickets at the arts center or online at lawrenceartscenter.org.


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