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Brecht on Brecht

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing

About the show

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) presents a theatrical collage culled from the writings of Bertolt Brecht.  More…

'Brecht on Brecht' celebrates one of the 20th century’s greatest dramatists in a revue of his life’s work. Featuring songs and scenes from Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Bertolt Brecht’s most famous collaborations, as well as first-hand accounts from Brecht himself, 'Brecht on Brecht' explores the political and social issues the playwright faced as an artist fleeing Nazism for exile in America.

'Brecht on Brecht' will be performed in rotating repertory with ''The Possibilities' and 'The After-Dinner Joke.'


Member Reviews (21)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing
72
Avg Score

72
Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if Brecht's political polestars & poetry in an asymmetrical collage Prose proves dense out of context but songs are better known glorious gems

Don't see it if Hurt by the fact that despite the high energy of the young ensemble, no one is a capable singer or can deliver the needed political punch

94
Ambitious, Political, Searing, Personable, Resonant

See it if you would like to hear how relevant a famous voice from theater's past can sound in our own dark days.

Don't see it if you are looking for a full play & a revue just won't do.

Also I know Brecht well. I’ve been through the canon more than once, acted ... Read more Read less

66
Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Passable college production of a monologue, some poems, and a dozen songs by Brecht. Fascistic parallels to today. "Cabaret" via "Godspell."

Don't see it if For fans of The Potomac or The Atlantic Annex (Stage II) only. Favour instead their other far superior Churchill programme running currently

79
Clever, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like an intelligent show that uses both the songs and poetry of Brecht to express many of his views. Well cast and effectively staged.

Don't see it if you do not like the music, poetry or views of Brecht even if well done.

Also I am not a fan of Brecht, and a lot of his music and poetry is pretty ... Read more Read less

51
A bit incoherent.

See it if You really know Brecht and would understand any of it.

Don't see it if You don’t know Brecht. You’ll have no idea what’s going on.

90
Excellent revue of brecht songs, scenes and poetry. fine acting and singing

See it if Great for Brecht fans AND newbies. Energetic young troupe imparts Brecht's style and flavor. Terrific Mack the Knife and Surabaya Johnny

Don't see it if Brecht 's songs are so compelling and atmospheric. Makes you wish there was another "Threepenny Opera" coming soon. Well done

60
Disappointing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if want to hear Weill's music. The cast is too young and inexperienced to grasp the subtleties of Brecht.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a linear story line This a literary revue with some of Kurt Weill's songs..

72
Relevant, Powerful, Slow 1st half, Political, Fine performances

See it if you like Brecht's songs and writings, off-beat presentations, political content that is relevant to today and strong emotion.

Don't see it if you dislike a slow 1st half, extremely "dark" presentation, the requirement of careful attention to the words that are highly emotional.

65
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Frenetic, Excruciating at times

See it if A Brecht fan &don’t mind a young energetic troupe trying protest on for size without lived experience or a sense of real personal conviction

Don't see it if You’re expecting a plotted show or any space between philosophical, theatrical or political ideas; mostly a too-fast full-on onslaught.

68
Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're a Brecht scholar or just want to hear his prose read aloud.

Don't see it if you need a plot or expect "entertainment."

65
Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if you're interested in the politics of Germany before WWII and the politics of today - to see the parallels.

Don't see it if you don't like long monologues by cast members. I was often confused by what was going on in the play.

Also I found the first half of the play extremely slow and uninteresting. T... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Excruciating, Great music

See it if You'd like rarely performed Weill numbers, young fresh voices, intermittently decent acting and don't mind intense references to real Nazism

Don't see it if you abhor odd sour soprano notes, red clown noses (incorrectly used), current PC group-think or consider baseline immigration laws sensible.

80
Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you are open to an interesting concept. It's described as a 'theatrical collage' and that is exactly what you get.

Don't see it if you're put off by collages. They can be a bit abstract and ambiguous but usually contain some wonderful elements.

Also A great Brecht sampler. Most theatergoers will be familiar with his wo... Read more Read less

79
Creative, Stirring, Intriguing

See it if This is what it is so you know before: cabaret style presentation of Bertolt Brecht's work - interested? Go

Don't see it if Brecht is not your thing or you are not seeking an introduction to his work

Also I am a Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) devotee - it started when I went to ... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate an inventive approach to classic material with excellent performances.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater

Also This company is excellent. sorry to say tonight was the last performan... Read more Read less

80
Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to delight in a mostly 20-something (some college students) very talented cast who fearlessly take on Brecht. Very well done ...

Don't see it if you would be bothered by not "getting" everything that Brecht puts forward in his words and thoughts.

25
Banal

See it if You want to see a bunch of people who cannot act and cannot sing (with 2 exceptions), and who make a balagan out of Brecht.

Don't see it if You want to be locked in this theatrical disaster for 2 hours with no intermission.

Also Don't get me wrong, I love abstract plays. And I know Brecht because I... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You appreciate the works of Brecht and performances by young, energetic actors and singers.

Don't see it if The staging and some of the performances were very good, but the work needed a stronger, more experienced actor/singer for some of the songs

85
Intense, Thought-provoking, Historic

See it if you would like some personal insights into the Nazi rise to power and rule provided with a talented, lively, and energetic cast.

Don't see it if you want a light night out.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You can appreciate Brecht! This is a wonderful intimate production that has moments of great poignancy.

Don't see it if If you don’t care for Brecht although our current president seems to be an omnipresence in the room.

During previews
75
Fine ensemble singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Haphazard, Energetic

See it if you like Brecht songs that tell a story, well done by eight actors and a pianist, plus a pot-pourri from poems, statements and plays.

Don't see it if you want some sense of Brecht's life, politics, or theatrical genius, or a narrative arc to the evening.


August 3rd, 2018
“The cast is nimble, bright-eyed, and technically skilled...but their collective pleasant, amiable, and at times positively ingratiating manner seems to emanate from a different universe altogether...It's hard to focus on the words, with all the presentational stage business...‘Brecht on Brecht’ ...
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July 25th, 2018
"Perhaps unavoidably, 'Brecht on Brecht' often comes across as a series of highly polished auditions, eliciting the hope that, say, someone will actually cast Bryan and Hamel in a full production of 'The Threepenny Opera.' But it's also a stark reminder that many of Brecht's preoccupations should...
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July 21st, 2018
"The members of the cast do not trust their material...There is little need for histrionics but an overwhelming need for vocal range, rich modulation, and pristine interpretive style – all oddly missing in the performances...Overall, the young cast seems unable to identify with the depth of despa...
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July 20th, 2018
"A monumental work...An adrenaline fueled musical ride through some of Bertolt Brecht’s most powerful observations on social and political fall out...Every fragment, poem, scene, interruption, song in this 'epic theater' piece goads us into becoming present and engaged...Petosa has injected a hei...
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