The Theater: Larky Gangsters

HAPPY END

Book and Lyrics by BERTOLT BRECHT

Music by KURT WEILL

Bertolt Brecht sought refuge in the U.S. in 1941 and went to Hollywood "to join the market where lies are bought."

Happy End, a musical currently revived by New Haven's Yale Repertory Theater, is really a larky 1929 gangster movie. The setting is Chicago in Bill Cracker's gin mill. Bill (Charles Levin) is very tough but no match for the Lady in Gray, otherwise known as "the Fly" (Elizabeth Parrish).

She masterminds a gang of bank-robbing thugs with monikers like "the Professor," "the...

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