Jeff Griggs as Macheath (Mack the Knife)
in the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical
THE THREEPENNY OPERA
with Shannon Warne, Tom Shelton,
Eileen T'Kaye and Zarah Mahler
International City Theatre
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
|"Mackie's back in town and his teeth are sharper than ever ... Jeff Griggs, with Zarah Mahler, portrays Macheath with menace and athleticisim."
- Los Angeles Times - Charlotte Stoudt - February 25, 2009
CRITIC'S PICK: "Front and center is Jeff Griggs, who resembles Eric Roberts (with shades of Liam Neeson or a young Boris Karloff) and who, as Macheath, takes this staging by its throat with his unbridled ferocity.... The entire hungry-looking, hollow-eyed cast is superb... The enduring image, though, is of the tall, gaunt Griggs, whose Macheath commands the stage with his explosive presence."
- Backstage West - February 25, 2009
"Gritty, Gripping... None is bigger than Mack the Knife, Macheath (the outstanding Jeff Griggs) ...
Griggs' Macheath has a deepness that deftly captures rebellion and cunning."
- Press Telegram - Chris Ledermuller - February 25, 2009
"The story, of course, focuses on Macheath (Jeff Griggs). Griggs is ... as dangerous as a serpent. His Macheath, nattily costumed by Shon LeBlanc and with a hair-trigger temper, is an elegant, charismatic hood... and he's got a powerful tenor that he uses to spew venom in the form of song."
- Orange County Register - Eric Marchese - February 26, 2009
GO: "The tale of sexy, villanous Mac the Knife (Jeff Griggs), his seduction of the virtuous Polly Peacham (Shannon Warne), and his near-destruction ... Griggs, a baritone of strikingly evocative ferocity, delivers his lines and musical numbers with a tightly controlled roar, suggesting some kind of sexy beast who's just barely holding himself from running amok."
- LA Weekly - Steven Leigh Morris - March 2, 2009
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