Assassins is careful to discourage the crazies, but the musical is sketchy and sometimes just fancifully silly. However, the twisted pastiches of Country songs, marches and upbeat anthems about the American Dream and personal freedoms, notably "Everybody's got the right", are acidly ironic.
History has perhaps moved on, loose cannons now replaced by the threat of international cells bent on mass-murdering civilians. But what still leaps out at you from this group portrait is the rage brewing amongst society's underdogs, those who feel like frustrated, ignored third-class citizens as well as being personally unbalanced. A provocative curiosity.
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