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The Last American Hammer

You have not seen an opera like this before: A conspiracy theorist/one-man militia is on the lam at a Toby jug museum in a postindustrial Ohio town reeling from its hammer factories being closed, so he must fight against a perceived imminent FBI raid by staging a fake trial against the U.S. government using said Toby jugs as stand-ins for the members of the court. It really rolls off the tongue. This is the plot of the bluegrass opera The Last American Hammer, now at Pittsburgh Opera, which manages to find poignancy and comedy by satirizing American traditions to their extremes. Who couldn’t love a story like this?

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