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This review is from: The Threepenny Opera (1994 London Donmar Warehouse Cast) (Audio CD)
I'm currently in rehearsals for a production of "The Threepenny Opera" based on the Donmar Warehouse production, so I bought this CD to get an idea of the original. I've heard bits and pieces of other productions, and something about this one struck me as distinctive and "right", but I could not pinpoint what. Finally I realized: The Donmar version has a distinct tone of "Englishness" -- or even specifically "London-ness" -- that all others lack. The play is about poverty and gangs in London, and frankly, in the theater world you can't get much closer to that than being an actor in London. The films tend to have a feeling of German-ness, and American productions have a feel of American Musical Theater, but this production seems to be by people who honestly know, and are the real products of, the world and environment depicted in the play. This adds an extra note of authenticity, in addition to the return to Brecht and Weill's original nastiness.