Assassins (review)

Assassins (review)
Assassins (review)
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THE PLAY: This musical examines the history and motivations behind the 9 people who have attempted or succeeded in assassinating a US President.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This is not one of Stephen Sondheim’s most successful works: the structure rambles and the songs aren’t memorable. Even though this production has a solid cast with good voices, it doesn’t always work. Director Andrew Hamm couldn’t smooth out the play’s uneven course. While the bigger ensemble numbers sometimes feel jumbled, some of the interactions and monologues work well. Standouts include Matt Shofner’s spirited solo, the comic interactions between Bianca Bryan and Lauren Elens and a touching moment from Dante Piro. The first act seems the most off-balance and ends abruptly. Act Two is more cohesive until the Oswald scene which drags on, instead of providing an affecting climax. The set by T. Ross Aiken looks like an abandoned sideshow, but feels unfinished and unfocused. Skyler Broughman’s lighting is sometimes confusing. (BTW, John Wilkes Booth never had a goatee, so why does David Janosik?) Running time: 2:00

 

THE POINT: While there are moments that work well and performances that shine, the overall outcome is uneven.

 

2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

 

A Quill Theatre production at the Firehouse Theatre thru 11/26

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

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