Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Excellent revue of brecht songs, scenes and poetry. fine acting and singing, Fine ensemble singing

About the show

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

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'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.'


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85
Theater Mirror

for a previous production "A very entertaining, often moving, and frighteningly timely kaleidoscope of Bertolt Brecht and his writing...His poems and prose, with a few minimal updates in this production by Jim Petosa, are eerie reverberations into the past that resonate with the present political climate...Unnerving parallels can be drawn from the material to America today, which is uncomfortable...If theater is about illumination, a small glimpse into the dark night of the soul, 'Brecht on Brecht' is a triumph." Full Review

85
Boston Theatre Wings

for a previous production "The German visionary’s powerful insights about the insidiousness of anti-Semitism and fascism and the need to act against them resonate with new timeliness...Brecht’s unflinching writing can resonate even today without direct contemporary references. Still, the vibrant New Rep staging does well delivering the playwright’s activist attitude...Petosa skillfully summons performances at once persuasive and engaging." Full Review

80
Boston Globe

for a previous production "A smart and trenchant collage of excerpts from writings by German playwright-poet Bertolt Brecht...Between the songs and the spiky script, 'Brecht on Brecht' feels at times like a small-scale companion piece to another politically charged, German-textured show...'Cabaret'...Resonates in a Trumpian context as something of a call to arms, albeit one issued in the bitingly sardonic and cryptic Brechtian voice." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "Brecht's art is focused on his experiences in Berlin, his flight from Nazism, and his life as an expatriate in America at a time of political and social upheaval...The actors are all accomplished singers, but the songs, limited in number, take a backseat to Brecht's spoken words which are presented in a hyper-theatrical style...When they speak or sing the playwright's powerful words, it feels as though they are aimed right at us...This is history that we do not wish to repeat." Full Review

80
Boxing Over Broadway

for a previous production "At times it can be a bit chaotic, sometimes reminiscent of a beatnik coffee house poetry session, a bit madcap, and always engaging...While the dialog can be provocative, different conclusions can be drawn from it. Brecht wanted his spectators to grapple with the ideas, not just sit and take them in...It is not the type of theatre most people are accustomed to. It is, however, an experience that should be taken in." Full Review

80
The New England Theatre Geek

for a previous production "A captivating show...It runs a range of humor to serious and back again. It’s a clever, well compiled show that offers many chewy, delicious monologues and songs to its artists...Petosa gives life to what could easily be a stand and sing concert show...It’s a socio-political panto for the adults...Brecht’s musings on religious hypocrisy, unlawful politics, war, and other topics are still as relevant as they were when he wrote them...It’s a wonderful production." Full Review

70
On Boston Stages

for a previous production "A pastiche of plays, poems, writings, and songs of the German playwright, poet, and theatrical director who advocated for the common man against the abuses of the ruling class...This work is a bit of a mish-mash, but it does feature a quartet of fine performers with winning voices...'Brecht on Brecht' is entertaining, but it left us seeking more context on the material being presented, so we might know a bit more why he did what he did when he did it." Full Review


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

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

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.

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

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.


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