Assassins: Stephen Sondheim's Killer Musical
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A search-and-rescue pilot on the trail of a missing girl confronts her own childhood abandonment in the acclaimed drama Tongue of a Bird. Written by Ellen McLaughlin (A Narrow Bed) and full of poetic language, Tongue of a Bird is an affecting meditation on mothers and daughters, loss and identity. Emotionally wounded Maxine returns to her childhood home in the Adirondacks to search for Charlotte, a missing 12-year-old girl. Meanwhile, plagued by nightmares and fragmented memories of her mother, who committed suicide, Maxine goes on a journey of self-realization. The Seattle Times called a previous production of Tongue of a Bird "emotionally powerful ... and intensely satisfying." Learn More
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Featured review from Karen Pike
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My first visit to the Watertown Arsenal Center for the Arts. Nice little theatre, which seats maybe 80 to 100. All seats good. This was the last performance. I thought the orchestra was too loud and a couple of the performers, especially "the proprietor", did not project enough. Otherwise I thought the performances were good. I didn't find the music of Assassins particularly memorable. I wasn't aware of one of the "assassins", Sam Byck. His performance was particularly excellent. When I got home I researched the assassins. Always wanted to see this play. Glad I went.
Assassins is a stunner.
Nominated for and awarded with every possible theatrical award both here and in Europe, the musical gathers together and examines the motivations of the men and women who assassinated or attempted to assassinate eight Presidents of the United States of America. They are a demented group of murderous misfits, torn in misery between their motives, their crimes and their world-wide bloodthirsty profiles. Fame has escaped them while history has imprisoned them in infamous frustration. They are obsessed, driven, mentally unbalanced and plagued with torment.
The musical is a comedy. The score borders on genius. The outcome is chilling.