Larry Steckling 10 a.m., July 30
The Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman collage of nine presidential assassins flips musicals upside-down. Audacious lyrics invade familiar song forms. John Hinckley, Jr, and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme sing a beautiful ballad to Jodie Foster and Charles Manson. Sondheim said he wanted audacity but not to be "smartass." Parts of Assassins are that too, which can irk and detract from poor traits of "those who never win" and "those who might have been." Director Sean Murray gives the Cygnet Theatre production an appropriately edgy flow (as unpredictable as the assassins' motives are predictable). Everyone in the cast gives a fully committed performance, especially Manny Fernandes as Samuel Byck, whose urgent, thoroughly disillusioned voice articulates what the others fumble to say.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, April 28, 2013
- Sundays, 2pm & 7pm
- Wednesdays, 7:30pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm