Already closed | 2h 15m | Queens

Assassins (Secret Theatre)

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

About the show

The Secret Theatre presents a new staging of Sondheim's celebrated musical about the loners, misfits, and ideologues who tried to assassinate a U.S. president. More…

Nine individuals who have attempted a presidential assassination tell their stories in this revue-style musical of humor, drama, history, and fiction. "Assassins" is an illustration of very different people who have made extreme choices for varied reasons.

2h 15m | Already closed | The Secret Theatre (Queens)

Member Reviews (27)


Great singing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent
Avg Score

Wrenching, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you love Sondheim. Many gr melodies/lyrics; fascinating, upsetting premise abt fame via violence. Strg performces. Gd band (occ'ly too loud)

Don't see it if you hate guns, even fake ones. Or you like only fluffy musicals. Clever staging, but few frills. Lg cast. Sm theater (easy access to Manhn)

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want an eerily relevant musical about historical figures that could be about today. You want gr8 lyrics. You like the sung-thru style.

Don't see it if You don't want/are uncomfortable hearing history from the assassins' POV. You prefer more melodic musicals. You dislike intimate staging.

Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to see a great ensemble cast in one of Sondheim's shows. Great use of space in a small theatre.

Don't see it if you want a full-blown production. The set is minimal - and it works perfectly.

Also What a great find in LIC! The entire cast was great - sat front row :)... Read more Read less


See it if Attempts to tie the collective issues and frustrations of those who try to kill presidents.

Don't see it if Gun/shots or murder are triggering. Plot about murderers is hard to relate. Community theater, lower budget productions,uneven singing/actin

Also Ticket from Show Score for $5.

Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if This production of Assassins is bare bones but also goes to prove just how strong this show is. Sondheim's masterpiece is always worthwhile,

Don't see it if and the cast is full of standout performances (Booth, Guiteau, Fromme, Moore, Zangara...all great!). It's definitely worth the trek to LIC

Also to catch this fantastic show. And it will prime you for the John Doyle... Read more Read less

Great acting, Well-done, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like Sondheim and want to see one of his musicals done well in a small intimate theater.

Don't see it if You need to see musicals done in large Broadway theaters with elaborate staging/sets, and lots of props.

Confusing, Edgy, Great singing, Intense, Dated

See it if You’re into classic, action filled musical; you love everything composed by Sondheim

Don't see it if You mind loud noises/gunshots, all white cast, cramped seating

Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if REALLY solid production of the show with a few surprises and potentially the best hinckley/fromme pairing I’ve seen.

Don't see it if You don’t like the show.

Miscast, Poorly directed, Slow, Banal

See it if you absolutely must see every production of Assassins regardless of location or physical production quality

Don't see it if you expect a well-staged, designed, or acted production

Also The Secret Theatre is not a difficult space to work in. It's a standar... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting

See it if into a stripped-down satisfying version of this modern classic

Don't see it if you have a thing against Sondheim

Also Accomplished small production except for the mismatched voices on Unwo... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if If you love Sondheim and well performed productions in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You want a comfortable or well run theater.

Also The show itself was pretty good. But the seats were unbelievably uncom... Read more Read less

Minimalist, Great ensemble/cast, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you're a Sondheim fan as his songs are well sung by an incredible energetic cast. The stage is bare & small adding to an intimate experience

Don't see it if you want a big production of this big cast show that need better sets. The venue is small that could make it too close for comfort for some.

Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky, Great singing, Clever

See it if You love Sondheim and musical theatre. Not offended by guns and plots to assassinate presidents and off beat humor.

Don't see it if You’re offended by the above. You don’t have an open mind

Solid cast, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like Sondheim and want to think about what motivates people to try to kill a president. The singing, acting, and music are all solid.

Don't see it if hearing what disturbed people think would bother you.

Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like musicals with great singing and acting. Also if you enjoy musicals dealing with historical events.

Don't see it if You don't like controversial issues such as gun violence and murder.

Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if if you love sondheim's work you will love their close up rendition - singing was great

Don't see it if if you do not like smaller venues where actors are very close to you and a two hour show with no intermission

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a bare-bones intimate take on a Sondheim masterwork. A tough show to pull off, they did an admirable job.

Don't see it if you're a Sondheim purist or you're used to a more established company of performers taking on the work. This was a surprisingly young cast.

Also A solid take on an ambitious show. The cast was young and the talent l... Read more Read less

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you're interested in history and U.S. presidents, like intimate shows

Don't see it if you are expecting a big production

Great staging, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting

See it if like Sondheim musicals that deal with dark subjects but also like good singing, clever staging and great acting.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by musicals about assassins and finding out why they do what they do.

Clever, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a fresh take on the show.

Don't see it if You are a Sondheim purist. I am pretty sure that he would not approve of the one major casting change this group made.

Also Some of the singing was really great: Zangara and Czolgosch had wonder... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if No matter if this is a bare bones production or an elaborate Broadway production. It's SONDHEIM for God's sake and it's done well.

Don't see it if if you prefer a more elaborate production. This is a bare bones stage set with small milk crates.

Also There a very austere set design which has not context of place. For in... Read more Read less

Interesting, Geat performances

See it if you like history and off-off-Broadway staging, emphasize motivation over action, like to figure stuff out as it progresses

Don't see it if you require a plot and a straight forward story; need traditional theatre environment

Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like Sondheim, thoughtful, timely and clever musicals with dark and solemn themes.

Don't see it if You want something light and funny, you don’t like politics or historical musicals.

Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You yearn for superb singing & acting, inventive & efficient use of a tiny theater space, and Sondheim's most relevant chamber(ed) piece.

Don't see it if You're squeamish about sitting mere inches away from intense performances, or don't enjoy Sondheim for some reason (you monster!)

Also Note, for people of size: the seats in this theater are pretty snug. I... Read more Read less

Sondheim, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You love the Sondheim score

Don't see it if You want a full scale production of the musical.

Also There were some nice performances, but I felt they were often hindered... Read more Read less

May 9th, 2019
"An intense, generally satisfying rendering...A powerful cast and imaginative staging make for an intriguing take on this story...One major misfire: the latest example in an ever-escalating epidemic of gender-blind casting. On occasion, the practice might make for an interesting dynamic. But enou...
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