It feels ungracious to slight the significance of a rare revival of Bertolt Brecht's early "A Man's a Man," first performed in 1926 and considered a portal to the master's developing style and theories. But Brian Kulick and his Classic Stage Company, typically a home for much challenge and pleasure, have mounted a tedious production that annoys in the noisy, look-at-me manner of bad children's theater. Stephen Spinella is wasted as the brutal head of a British Colonial regiment in fantasy-India, where an innocent man is manipulated into becoming a war machine. Sweet/bitter harmonies and oompa rhythms by Duncan Sheik ("Spring Awakening") offer little compensation.
WHAT "A Man's a Man"
WHERE Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.
INFO $60-$65; 212-352-3101; classicstage.org.
BOTTOM LINE Tedious early Brecht.