Sweeney Todd: Stephen Sondheim's Masterful & Macabre Musical
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The last date listed for Sweeney Todd was Sunday August 31, 2014 / 5:00pm.
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Disappointing on so many levels--we left at intermission, exceedingly rare for us. (1.) Clever-enough staging ideas, but LOTS of technical (sound, lighting, scene change) clumsiness, problems, and errors. (2.) I understand double-casting when you have twice as many actors as you need for parts, but why-oh-why, in a play with such a short run, would you have two casts and use every major actor in a secondary role on alternate nights? Better to polish the play with one cast. (3.) We had seen this staged many years ago and we certainly did know the plot. But we must not have understood all the words, because having the lyrics projected above the screen and therefore "catching" them all actually made it worse. Despite the current fascination with the living dead, zombies, vampires, etc., the plot of this play is simply too nauseating. (Director's notes in the playbill attempted to address this but....)
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Facility: The playhouse is a fine space. It seems decently equipped with the lights and sound needed. They must be lacking access from front to back of house, though,...continued