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"The Threepenny Opera" opens April 5 at Madison Street Theatre


The Collective at Concordia University Chicago presents “The Threepenny Opera,” by Bertolt Brecht (book and lyrics) and Kurt Weill (music), English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein. Performances will run April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL. The production is directed by Jason Narvy, with Maurice Boyer as music director.

This savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality in Victorian London follows Macheath, a prominent figure in the city’s criminal underbelly. When Macheath becomes engaged to a Miss Polly Peachum—whose father tightly controls all of the city’s beggars—Macheath and Peachum engage in a struggle for power over London’s lowest classes.

Director Jason Narvy is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Theater at Concordia University Chicago. Between 1993 and 1999, Narvy portrayed the role of the comic villain “Skull” in more than 300 episodes of Fox Television’s Emmy-nominated “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and its spinoffs. Narvy also performed the lead role of Guile Lydon in the feature-length film, “Wicked Game,” and worked with the Clayworks Theater Company in Los Angeles where he played the roles of Laertes in “Hamlet,” Dave in “Under the Yum Yum Tree,” and Stanley in “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He is now a Chicago-based actor and director of theater.

Music director Maurice Boyer is an associate professor of music at Concordia University Chicago, where he conducts the chamber orchestra and women’s choir, and teaches aural skills. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Maryland, College Park. Boyer is music director of the American Kantorei of St. Louis, MO. He is artistic director of Aestas Consort, a Chicago-based professional choral ensemble, and is associate conductor of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest.

General admission tickets to “The Threepenny Opera” are $15, with discounts available for students, seniors and CUC alumni. Purchase tickets online at or with cash or credit card at the box office an hour before show time.