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Assassins (Theater 2020)

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

About the show

Theater 2020 presents Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical about the people who have attempted to kill or successfully assassinated U.S. Presidents. More…

Evoking a fraternity of political assassins and would-be assassins across a hundred years of our history, Sondheim and Weidman daringly examine success, failure, and the questionable drive for power and celebrity in American society.

Member Reviews (37)


Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever
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See it if you loved the original or some subsequent production, or you love all Sondheim.

Don't see it if you want some insight into political (or any other kind of) violence.

Also This is a creditable production of the Sondheim /Weidman 1990 musical.... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see a nice local group that dares to try. Clever use of the theater and in BROOKLYN.. How can one miss Sondheim with a (cont)

Don't see it if you expect a spectacle and are easily upset by U.S. disasters

Also (continued from plus )... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to see something different and support local theater group.

Don't see it if It about assassins who kill or try to kill pass presidents. Do not like musical.

Also I see this play the first time in 2017, NYC Center. Not knowing what i... Read more Read less

Great writing, Thought-provoking, Timely, Shoestring

See it if you're interested in lyrics & a book that are so good they have the depth of plays (while still a musical); you pay attention to headlines.

Don't see it if you can’t get past an impoverished production. Nonexistent props, anticlimactic sound effects, set is a bench, orchestra is a piano.

Also The 2017 Encores! production of Assassins, as glorious (and prescient)... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Poor staging

See it if you enjoy a musical that features some very strong performances in a small venue.

Don't see it if you want all the splash of Broadway.

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like Sondheim. You want to watch a historical musical that doesn't give you much of the history.

Don't see it if You would have to pay full price.

Also It's a pretty bare bones show, but the singing is very good, and JW Bo... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great writing, Frequently slow, Timely, Relevant

See it if You've never seen or aren't familiar with this rarely mounted Sondheim. Bare-boned in all aspects, music & lyrics still cut through.

Don't see it if The subject disturbs. Now as then not a show for everyone, even thought the project was prescient and becomes more relevant as time goes on.

Also Performers and performances are uneven to say the least, but earnest; ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Engaging, Spare, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a strong cast with terrific singers. The props leave something to be desired (except an all-too-real rifle) but the vocalists rule

Don't see it if If you are triggered by guns (fake or not). Also if you are looking for a fully staged spectacle. It is spare production, but well worth it.

Fine performers, Disappointing, Zero production values

See it if the current state of American freedom is on your mind: gun control, mental health and the effect of the office of the POTUS concerns you

Don't see it if the current state of American freedom is on your mind: gun control, mental health and the effect of the office of the POTUS disturbs you

Exceeded my expectations

See it if Terrific cast,nicely staged.I didn't miss having a set or an orchestra at all. The actors kept it moving right along. Stand out performances

Don't see it if Don't sit dead center. You'll have a gun pointed at your face multiple times. A little disconcerting.

Great singing, Amazing cast, Do not be put off by the venue !

See it if You want to marvel at the depth of talent in this city. Insanely good for such a low cost production.

Don't see it if You want staging.

Also The play puts entertainment above some of the more complicated aspects... Read more Read less

Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like Sondheim and don't want to miss any opportunity to experience one of his musicals.This show also gets you thinking about our guns.

Don't see it if you are not willing to allow for college-level performances when experiencing Sondheim.

Some great acting and singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a Sondheim fan and/or want to support a community theater with some talented members. Jana Bernard’s performance was great.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with a play about killings and attempted killings of presidents of the United States.

Disconcerting, Ambitious, Great direction, Vivid characterization

See it if you want to see an excellent production of a hard show by a small theater. They make use of their space well.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by guns pointing directly at the audience, lack of props. Usual "this is about killing presidents" apply.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You like good acting and singing in a somewhat quirky play. Standout performance by Dans Bernard as Squeaky but entire cast great

Don't see it if You don’t like off Broadway minimalist production or subject matter

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Sondheim, and want a great amateur production of his work - wonderfully performed throughout!

Don't see it if you want a Broadway level of production, or if you don't like the subject matter (Assassinations of the POTUS) or dislike Sondheim

Also Went in with very low expectations, and was blown away by the producti... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Uneven pacing, Bare bones staging

See it if you are drawn to a talented cast singing Sondheim in a bare-bones musical production about assassinations of American Presidents.

Don't see it if you either don't like Sondheim's music OR the subject matter of assassinating United States Presidents is particularly disturbing to you.

Also I am a history buff so the subject matter of assassinations of United ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a thrillingly sung version of the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman masterpiece.

Don't see it if you require a full orchestra and elaborate scenery.

Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Relevant, Clever

See it if you enjoy quirky, well-written and interesting musicals with complex characters and meaningful songs. If you're a Sondheim fan, go see it!

Don't see it if you have a hard time following characters that flip between fiction and historical accuracy, and in and out of their historical timelines.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy history and it is very accurate

Don't see it if Not for young kids. Too violent

Thought-provoking, Good singing and selected good acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You are a Sondheim fan, like the show or have never seen - or want to support local theater. And if you don’t mind a very spare production

Don't see it if Don’t like the subject matter - those who tried or succeeded in assassinating presidents; expect a full or glossy production with orchestra

Also Although a bare bones production- worth seeing. The show itself has so... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if you want be absorbed by some solid performances, Sondheim music/ lyrics, and an interesting piece on those who assassinated US presidents,

Don't see it if The production was a but uneven. It needs props, some of Byck's scenes are too long, etc. The play may be disturbing to some.

Also Maltby as Czolgosz was a highlight. He has a beautiful voice, and made... Read more Read less

Fun, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to learn in a fun way. You're interested in the minds of killers.

Don't see it if You're looking for story. This plays like a series of vignettes, allowing people who never interacted to do so before you.

Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Dated

See it if You like Sondheim

Don't see it if You're expecting a big splashy musical

Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are curious about one of Stephen Sondheim's lesser-known works. You're intrigued by the subject matter of a review of various assassins.

Don't see it if You find actors brandishing guns about the stage distasteful. You don't like his songs. You want to leave the theater humming or whistling.

February 27th, 2018
"Nothing short of brilliant - especially when presented by Brooklyn Heights' own Theater 2020...Molded into something so beautiful by the cast and crew...The show is undeniably great. It is not only the immense talent of a flawless cast, but just how this rather unnerving plot ensnares its audien...
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