The Daily Reviews "The Beggar's Opera"

Beggar's Opera
The Beggar's Opera, by Vaclev Havel. Photo: Mike Hipple

"Originally written in 1728 by John Gay, 'The Beggar’s Opera' might just be the ancestor of all counterculture. Focusing on a cast of characters who are primarily thieves and whores, the play’s popularity has been sustained throughout history by bohemians, socialists, and misfits of every stripe.

This adaptation, as produced by the UW School of Drama, is based on Václav Havel’s 1975 rewrite. Directed by Wilson Milam, this staging has one eye perpetually on the play’s long history and legacy in alternative scenes. Those in the know will appreciate this production’s nods to Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, Bobby Darin, Tom Waits, and other artists who have interpreted elements of the play over the years."

Read the full review in The Daily.