The Theater: Sonata for Sharks

THREEPENNY OPERA

by BERTOLT BRECHT and KURT WEILL

Bertolt Brecht was an imp of ambiguity. He was an atheist; yet he admitted that Luther's German translation of the Bible was the greatest single influence on his work. He was antiheroic; yet in Mother Courage he created one of the most arresting heroines in 20th century drama. As a Communist, he proselytized for the poor, but he was as tightfisted as the socialist Bernard Shaw when it came to his own money. And this coolheaded didact of "epic"theater and "alienation" effects was a sentimental idolater of Charlie Chaplin movies.

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