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.
"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 enough is enough!...Director Lauren Shields makes the most out of the talent on hand, striking the right tone for this darkly humorous tale." Full Review
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
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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