Brecht on Brecht (A.R.T./New York Theatres)
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Brecht on Brecht (A.R.T./New York Theatres)
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Brecht on Brecht (A.R.T./New York Theatres) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(32 Reviews)
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84%
Mixed
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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent

A 90-minute revue of famed 20th century German playwright Bertolt Brecht. 

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Member Reviews (32)

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73
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You’re a Brecht fan or if you can appreciate the irony of how the current political climate is so similar to Hitler and the Nazis.

Don't see it if You can’t find the hidden gems that are buried in a show that is going to be a stretch fir the average theatre goer. Read more

75
Indulgent, Entertaining, Educational, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if the music of Weill & Eisler appeals to you. The singing is impressive as is their use of the three quarter round space.

Don't see it if you expect biography or reflection. The mix of poetry, songs, autobiographical writing is interesting but not cohesive.

85
Profound, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You have an open mind and appreciate how the world is changing. You are a fan of Brecht.

Don't see it if You’re close minded and don’t want to see the world change or appreciate the prescience of Brecht.

79
Resonant, Musically solid, Good cast, Brechtian, Agit prop-ish

See it if Interested in Brecht's cultural influence, speaking truth to power, support Breaking thru Barriers, to experience what 70s theatre was like

Don't see it if cannot bear political theatre, have champagne & caviar tastes, hate super-titles or anything Brechtian, need to have smoke blown anywhere

82
Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you appreciate Brecht & want to see excerpts from his stories, poems, plays & songs(with Kurt Weill) performed by a fine, dedicated cast.

Don't see it if not a fan of Brecht; prefer high production values; don't like theater that makes you think; descriptions of brutality & inhumanity. Read more

53
Disorganized, incoherent, some wasted potential

See it if you love Brecht and want to see his poems recited in innovative ways

Don't see it if you want to see a play that promotes a coherent idea using poems with similar themes. Read more

80
Poor translations, Great writing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are familiar with Brecht. I was with someone who knows his work in German. He felt the translations were lacking real meaning

Don't see it if You are not a fan of performers and singers who are sincere, but not top notch.

79
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You love Brecht's writing and songs.

Don't see it if You are expecting a musical. I wish they had done more of his music. The cast was wonderful though and his writing was interesting.

Critic Reviews (4)

Theatermania
October 28th, 2021

"Through poems, letters, essays, and play excerpts, Brecht on Brecht offers an avalanche of thoughts on war, science, dissent, populism, and the plight of regular folks who toil in the shadows of history's "great men." All of it is delivered in Brecht's signature style, in which the actors never lose themselves in their roles, but the stage still overflows with epic poetry and music. If you find rhyming couplets irritating in comedy, wait until you hear them deployed in a serious scene about infanticide."
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TheaterScene.net
October 29th, 2021

"A stimulating revue drawn from the plays, poems, songs and writings of the German theatrical titan Bertolt Brecht...Director Nicholas Viselli’s physical staging crackles with force and exhibits visual flair with numerous arresting stage pictures."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 28th, 2021

"Subjects like immigration, abortion, scientific facts, poverty, wealth, and the like carry a topical relevance, of course, helping to justify the revival…But for all its earnestness, its pertinence, and the exertions of its enthusiastic company, you may find yourself experiencing the verfremdungseffekt of being cerebrally estranged rather than emotionally involved."
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New York Theater
October 29th, 2021

"A fascinating collage – more like a barrage....The many, largely unidentified excerpts over the 90 minutes of “Brecht by Brecht” would be hard to source even by a Brecht scholar, and can feel overwhelming. But together they ultimately offer a sharp taste of Brecht’s blunt, bitter, sardonic brilliance."
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