Saturday 26 August 1995
What's really puzzling about Assassins is not that it flopped so spectacularly, but that it actually managed to slip through the commercial and ideological net and make it to off-Broadway at all. In this subversive tale of the 13 displaced patriots who took it upon themselves to kill the president, Sondheim has found a powerful, scathing and deliciously melodic antidote to the American Dream. John Wilkes Boothe opens the proceedings with a tirade against the dictatorial Lincoln and we end on the most notorious assassin of them all, Lee Harvey Oswald, in full-throated ease at the Dallas Book Depositary. Along the way we encounter the most bizarre attempt: drifter Samuel Byck's plan to wipe out Nixon by hijacking a jetliner and crashing it into the White House. Sondheim's verbal dexterity and musical prowess shine in a shoestring, but very presentable production by Northern Theatre Co.
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden
- 2 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 3 George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
- 4 Headaches, fry ups, and hair of the dog - why do we get hangovers, and is there such thing as a 'cure'?
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Scottish independence: Britain faces 'constitutional crisis' at next election
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly