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Sondheim is at his bloody best in Sweeney Todd, his macabre masterpiece about a barbaric barber and an even beastlier baker. Set in 19th-century London, this adult production from STAR Repertory Theatre "attends the tale" of the title character, who after being banished on false charges, returns to the city to exact his revenge. Teaming up with pie maker Mrs. Lovett, Todd opens a barbershop in which he slits the throats of customers and she bakes them into pies. A legendary smash in 1979, this darkly comic show won eight Tony Awards while The New York Times gushed it contained "more artistic energy, creative personality and plain excitement" than a dozen average musicals. Recently adapted by Tim Burton into a hit movie with Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd now comes to Avo Playhouse in a vibrant production directed by Brandon Sherman. Learn More
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Featured review from hamx0r
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First off, I am stoked that local theater is performing locally-written work! Kuddos to Oberman for getting his show on stage, to Strait for directing, and to Avo for accepting the show in their venue!
I found the show entertaining overall. Caltrider stole the show with his well-placed over-the-top villian antics, and ginsberg made Claire charming enough to keep my interest. However, there are a couple opportunities for improvement to the show.
On the acting front, most took their characters and made them into the comic-like characters I'd expect from a comic-book-esque show. However, the character of Peter seemed a bit subdued in contrast to the others - add in a couple dashes of machismo (viz Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog) and pinches of excessive animation, and I think he'd capture the audience a lot more. Peter is introduced as one who know what's going on, yet his body language line delivery often muted this first impression. Also, amongst several characters there was excessive pause between lines that hurt the momentum of the show. Given that most of the comedy in the show is dry, the actors need to keep 'em rollin' (lines/jokes) to keep 'em rollin' (audience).
Regarding writing, the jokes were in two disjoint styles (comic campiness vs clever innuendos), the plot was over-described, and the ad-hoc slapstick was unnecessary due to the comedy inherent in the main characters. When I first heard the dry jokes where a backhanded compliment is responded to with "Thanks...i think", it set up a comedic expectation of comic book style banter. However, the doubnle entendres, innuendos and sexual references started sneaking in (most of which I really liked and laughed at!), it tampered with the scope of the show and its intended audience. Is this for old school comic enthusiasts who are entertained by dry wit or is this for college boys? Kuddos for making the plot easy to follow (and for the couple twists!). On the same token, there's no need to have the characters rhetorically repeat all of what we know so far or what just happened (i.e. Victor on phone with Lt). I imagine the intention was to help keep the audience up to speed so they'll stay engaged, but I found it most tempting to tune out when the quick monologues came along...
Lastly, in the first act, there were several times where those two cops came in with some sideshow slapstick. In my opinion, it added nothing to the show (neither humor nor plot/character development) and therefore only slowed down the momentum. These "interruptions" were disengaging. The show has plenty of comedy built into the characters and situation that there's no need of comic relief like this.
I hope these critiques were constructive enough without being too negative! I encourage people to see the show and I look forward to seeing what the writers, directors and actors of this show come up with next!
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Three of us viewed the play and agree that while the costumes and scenery were good, the acting was not up to the usual level of plays in the area.
The subject matter was dealt with in an "unconventional" manner and not appreciated by us.
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Unfortunately, this play was boring, and not funny. Claire Voyant had no acting qualities and the costar had poor line delivery. The stage reflected comic book appearance but not the dialogue. I also think Clemmons and Caltrider were too talent...continued
_Claire Voyant _
by Steven Oberman
Before she was Claire Voyant, she was simply clairvoyant. Not knowing what to do with her abilities, Claire ends up interning at a San Francisco police station in 1975, where she finds herself caught between psychic identical twins, one super evil while the other fights for justice. In this hilarious comic-book spoof, Claire must face her fears and doubts in order to save the day for peace, love and happiness.