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  1. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    An 18th Century parody of the Italian Opera23 December 2013 I want to give this play a high score simply because of it s context and content, and as it is one of the only satirical operas that has survived from the early 18th Century should also give this play, orproperly opera, some credit Now, when we hear the word opera we usually thing of it s not over until the fat lady sings and then Bart Simpson going is she fat enough for you and you would actually be quite correct, because An 18th Century parody of the Italian Opera23 December 2013 I want to give this play a high score simply because of it s context and content, and as it is one of the only satirical operas that has survived from the early 18th Century should also give this play, orproperly opera, some credit Now, when we hear the word opera we usually thing of it s not over until the fat lady sings and then Bart Simpson going is she fat enough for you and you would actually be quite correct, because that is the type of opera that we would be thinking of in this context In the early 18th century we see the rise in the popularity of the Italian Opera, which was mostly fat ladies singing, and dealt with heroes, villains, and mythical stories They were basically the Hollywood blockbusters of the era So, along comes John Gay with an idea which he apparently stole off of Jonathon Swift, of Gulliver s Travels fame of making a satire of the ever popular opera So instead of having heroes and mythical scenes, and stories dominated by the rich and powerful he instead delved into the dark and dirty streets of inner London to take us for a satirical journey through the criminal underworld The problem is that on the page much of the satire does not actually come out, and further, since we are not familiar with the songs though I am sure we will be familiar with the tunes the parodying of the operatic style does not evidently come about and while I have seen a couple of musicals five to be exact I have never seen an opera The other interesting thing that came out with this play, or at least the commentary, is how much London has changed since these days Take for instance this place or this place which for those of us who know London know that these days is a very fashionable area, and also a very expensive place to set up residency However, back in the days of the Beggar s Opera, this could not be farther from the truth In fact the area around central London was a crime ridden cesspool that would result in you risking your life if you even considered wondering about after dark or even not so much after dark This, however, was almost three hundred years ago, so it is not surprising that London has cleaned up its act a lot, with the rise of the middle class as well as the establishment of John Wesley s church, whose mission was targeting the lower class residents of this area at the time Another thing that comes about, which I knew about anyway, but this play emphasised it so much , is the popularity of Gin Now, I m a beer drinker, and as such I am generally not that well disposed to spirits, however back in those days spirits were exceedingly cheap In fact, to some, Gin was the 18th century version of methamphetamine though it was not illegal The upper classes simply did not touch it it was too cheap and the lower classes would get excessively drunk drinking it Also, like meth, it would be distilled in basements and apartments, and some of the product that came about was virtually poison The other aspect we hear about is the life of the criminal underworld A bulk of the play takes place in Newgate Prison, and the version that I read had copious amounts of notes explaining a lot of the slang that was used For instance, unlike today, it actually cost the criminal money to stay at Newgate, and in fact Newgate was one of the most expensive prisons in England in which to be locked up Obviously nobody had listened to Thomas More when he wrote Utopia because the death penalty was still being imposed at the drop of a hat though if you could quote a verse from Psalm 21 you could get off because it would suggest that you were literate They also introduced a system of rewards for various criminals, however this led to the rise of a class known as the thief catchers who would purposely go out and set people up so they could get the rewards which would be paid once the thief was hung, in much the same way that rewards are offered by the police on a successful conviction It is interesting how there is still this belief that penal penalties including the death penalty deter crime, and all we have to do is to look back at this period of English history to know that this does not work If theft brings about the death penalty, then technically nobody would steal, however a lot of people still stole, and even though it was clear that you would be hung if you were caught stealing, people would still keep on doing it probably because they either believed that they were too smart to get caught, or they had nothing left to lose Anyway, this is a whole field of criminology, which I don t really want to go into here because I have written enough already and want to get on and do something else now


  2. Yair Ben-Zvi Yair Ben-Zvi says:

    By all accounts this play has aged horribly I mean how many times and in how many variations can you read about women being called nearly every version of woman with loose virtue But, despite this, the play works, very well, extremely well.The reason for this, for me, is that the play never overindulges or comes off as exploitative in any way It s a boisterous and funny look at a certain place in a certain time where and when the virtues of everyone were in question And John Gay makes wo By all accounts this play has aged horribly I mean how many times and in how many variations can you read about women being called nearly every version of woman with loose virtue But, despite this, the play works, very well, extremely well.The reason for this, for me, is that the play never overindulges or comes off as exploitative in any way It s a boisterous and funny look at a certain place in a certain time where and when the virtues of everyone were in question And John Gay makes wonderful copy of this as one of the greater overriding themes of the work, that corruption unifies the high and low of society, it s hilarious to see how similar human beings really are when it comes to doing wrong and falling far short of the ideals that religion and philosophy have codified In addition to this Gay never seems to lose the controlling hand over his characters They re all bastards, bitches, and rogues, but Gay never stops to obsess over who and what makes these people tick The wonderful concomitant pacing truly allows you to go with the narrative and just enjoy the amorality.So read this and enjoy it for what it is a short but biting burlesque that elucidates beautifully how human weakness and professional corruption really knows no income


  3. Grace Mc Grace Mc says:

    This is by faaaar the best eighteenth century play I ve read It s Dickensian in its portrayal of the underbelly of English society whores, criminals, highwaymen, corrupt lawyers.It s comical and moving and poignant by turns, and I m kind of in love with Macheath even though he is categorically THE WORST.I want to write fanfiction about the gang and Macheath and Polly and Lucy it just captures the imagination so easily.It s also weirdly feminist in parts when it means to be comical.Either way, This is by faaaar the best eighteenth century play I ve read It s Dickensian in its portrayal of the underbelly of English society whores, criminals, highwaymen, corrupt lawyers.It s comical and moving and poignant by turns, and I m kind of in love with Macheath even though he is categorically THE WORST.I want to write fanfiction about the gang and Macheath and Polly and Lucy it just captures the imagination so easily.It s also weirdly feminist in parts when it means to be comical.Either way, a very enjoyable read and much recommended by me


  4. Old-Barbarossa Old-Barbarossa says:

    Probably received like Trainspotting in the 18th cent Tarts and highwaymen, cheap gin, betrayal, bigamyand songs.Social satire that still has an edge.Shorter than I thought it would be.Like to see it performed though.Did Adam Ant read or see it Dandy Highwayman indeed


  5. Inkspill Inkspill says:

    Beggar s Opera is first performed in 1728 in England during the era of Enlightenment This is set in the seedy world of crime and prostitution, it s a comedy satire and ground breaking for its time According to the helpful essay and notes in this edition, it was popular and ran for 62 nights which it describes as a record The essay also mentions this is the first musical and says how this would inspire others, naming Bertolt Brecht, Threepenny Opera, 1928, and, much later, Alan Ayckbourn with Beggar s Opera is first performed in 1728 in England during the era of Enlightenment This is set in the seedy world of crime and prostitution, it s a comedy satire and ground breaking for its time According to the helpful essay and notes in this edition, it was popular and ran for 62 nights which it describes as a record The essay also mentions this is the first musical and says how this would inspire others, naming Bertolt Brecht, Threepenny Opera, 1928, and, much later, Alan Ayckbourn with A Chorus of Disapproval 1994 and Stephen Jeffrey, A Convict s Operal 2008 9 It also gives some social context and the history of how this play came about and how it was thought John Gay had the right kind of wit and style to tackle it I also liked how this kindle edition The Beggar s Opera did not let me forget I was reading a musical Throughout this book, the publishers included extracts of the musical sheets with the lyrics, and also the appendixes include notes about the music and composers The print of the text also makes it clear when words are sung if it doesn t follow a music sheet, but I was not always sure if the rest was in poetical form or prose as the lines had no breakages like a poem but at times thought there was rhyming sequence going on.Regardless, what came through the text was the speed of performance and energy by how the play is divided into many short scenes, several are only a couple of pages in length These scenes make up three acts plus a prologue described here as an introduction This opener reminded me of the opener in Goethe s Faust part one but here it s a two hander between a Beggar and a Player the Beggar actslike a chorus in a Greek play indicating the comedy to come They both exit after noticing the actors arrive and return in Act 3 Scene 16, the penultimate scene before the play ends The Beggar sums up the play before he exits Through the whole piece you may observe such a similitude of manners in high and low life, that it is difficult to determine whether, in the fashionable vices, the fine gentleman imitate the gentleman of the road, or the gentleman of the road, the fine gentleman Had the play remained as I had first intended, it would have carried a most excellent moral T would have shown that the lower sort of people have their vices in a degree as well as the rich, and that they are punished for them Kindle edition, location 3296.The subtext that drives the play is hidden by the chaos and love rivalry that is played out I m not sure if I would have connected as well to this play without the extra notes in this kindle edition, and as I look through the text to write this review, what stands out is the comedy driven by irony along with some sharp witty poetry or lyrics , making me want to read it again


  6. Ana Ana says:

    Our story begins with a Mr Peachum, a fence and thief catcher, whose daughter Polly has has secretly married famous highwayman Macheath So as a father who makes his living blackmailing thieves, he decides to kill his son in law so his daughter can inherit a fortune One problem Polly found out.This wacky premise is accompanied by equally wacky songs, whores talking like ladies of court about taking money from men, comically bad hero Macheath who has promised marriage to at least 40 women and Our story begins with a Mr Peachum, a fence and thief catcher, whose daughter Polly has has secretly married famous highwayman Macheath So as a father who makes his living blackmailing thieves, he decides to kill his son in law so his daughter can inherit a fortune One problem Polly found out.This wacky premise is accompanied by equally wacky songs, whores talking like ladies of court about taking money from men, comically bad hero Macheath who has promised marriage to at least 40 women and the cat fight that ensues from those promises.I love how the ending was just like Y all can t handle a realistic ending so we got a happy one instead Personally, I would have preferred that the cat fight turn into an alliance against Macheath and Peachum and a subsequent rebellion, but this works too


  7. Emery Lee Emery Lee says:

    Although it may be odd to read a musical, this is fascinating to me It was written for the stage and employed many popular tunes from the day 1728 Here s a sample from Page 29 A fox may steal your Hens, SirA Whore your Helath and Pence, SirYour Daughter robs your chest, SirYour wife may Steal you Rest, Sir.A Thief you Goods and Plate.But this is all but pickingWith Rest, Pence, Chest and Chicken It ever was decreed, Sir,If Lawyer s Hend is fee d , SirHe steals you whole Estate.Another from Although it may be odd to read a musical, this is fascinating to me It was written for the stage and employed many popular tunes from the day 1728 Here s a sample from Page 29 A fox may steal your Hens, SirA Whore your Helath and Pence, SirYour Daughter robs your chest, SirYour wife may Steal you Rest, Sir.A Thief you Goods and Plate.But this is all but pickingWith Rest, Pence, Chest and Chicken It ever was decreed, Sir,If Lawyer s Hend is fee d , SirHe steals you whole Estate.Another from p 38If the Heart of a Man is deprest with Cares,The Mist is dispell d when a Woman appears Like the Notes of a Fiddle, she sweetly, sweetlyRaises the Spirits and charms our Ears,Roses and Lilies her Cheeks disclose,But her ripe Lips aresweet than thosePress her,Caressher,With Blisses,Her KissesDissolve us in Pleasure and Soft Repose


  8. Kaethe Douglas Kaethe Douglas says:

    I recall being told once upon a time that the poet John Gay was an ancestor, and I formed an intention to read something of his And then there was a reference to The Beggar s Opera and the Three Penny Opera in something I was reading on the kindle, which made it dead easy to download a copy to satisfy my curiosity.Meh Satire doesn t hold up very well over time Likely a production could be very winning, particularly if filmed by Tim Burton, but the script isn t much, nor terribly amusing Stil I recall being told once upon a time that the poet John Gay was an ancestor, and I formed an intention to read something of his And then there was a reference to The Beggar s Opera and the Three Penny Opera in something I was reading on the kindle, which made it dead easy to download a copy to satisfy my curiosity.Meh Satire doesn t hold up very well over time Likely a production could be very winning, particularly if filmed by Tim Burton, but the script isn t much, nor terribly amusing Still, good to fill in that bit of theater history, I suppose.Personal copy


  9. Ann Ann says:

    1728 Considered revolutionary at the time because it presented poverty and crime from the point of view of those who lived it He used popular music of the day It was set to music by Johann Christoph Pepusch The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names It was wildly successful.Found in Eighteenth Century Plays paperback pg.179


  10. SheAintGotNoShoes SheAintGotNoShoes says:

    Meh.I wanted to like itthan I actually did, perhaps I didn t because generally plays and books that are from that time period I rarely find easy reads I did however love everything by Moliere and I also loved She stoops to conquer but that might not be as old as this, I ve forgotten when that was written.2 2.5


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