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When Giacomo Puccini wrote “Il Tabarro,” the first part of the opera “Il Trittico,” he envisioned the perfect setting — a barge docked on the Seine in Paris. Although Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel might not be the Seine, it works just fine for the Vertical Player Repertory.

“It’s the ideal atmosphere,” said VPR Artistic Director Judith Barnes. “It represents gritty people and a hard-working life.”

Aboard the Mary A. Whalen, the audience will experience the relationship of the characters with the illuminated waterfront as its backdrop. Different from the original, the VPR’s production of “Il Tabarro” brings it even closer to home by setting the piece in 1940s Brooklyn.

“Il Tabarro” will be performed on Sept. 7, 9, 14, and 16 at 7 pm at the Red Hook Marine Terminal (70 Hamilton Ave., at Van Brunt Street). Tickets are $25. For information, call (212) 868-4444 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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