BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS
Upon entering the Theatre Centre on Queen West you are immediately confronted with a tacky third-rate carnival. It is here that Adam Brazier unleashes a powerful production of the John Weidman-Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins.
Ever since its first tentative production, which had the misfortune to open two weeks after the Gulf War broke out, through its triumphant Broadway revival in 2004 (shut down when the Republican convention came to town that summer) the show has always been controversial, and not everyone’s idea of a fun little musical comedy. Oh it’s fun...some scenes are screamingly funny - but it’s a big show with a lot to say, and not always the comforting aphorisms that musical comedy audiences are often seeking.
Assassins, a co-production between Birdland Theatre and Talk is Free Theatre continues Mondays through Saturdays at the Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. West until February 20. Tickets for all performances are $33 and may be reserved at www.totix.ca.