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ASSASSINS AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: DISTURBINGLY GOOD

David Campbell in ASSASSINS.
Production photos: Prudence Upton

The period characters in ASSASSINS, playing at the Sydney Opera House, are a pretty wild-eyed bunch who make meeting them in an abandoned sideshow late at night pretty unappealing.  Led by John Wilkes Booth, who considers himself forefather of all American President assassination attempts, they are pretty evidently crazy.  But the more modern characters, apart from one, look alarmingly normal and rational.  That is … until a rifle is put in Harvey Lee Oswald’s hands towards the confronting ending of this show.  ASSASSINS is Stephen Sondheim’s 1990 malignantly comic attack on the American dream where normalcy collides with obsession in a dark musical which is thoroughly entertaining yet ominous. (Book by John Weidman) Continue reading ASSASSINS AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: DISTURBINGLY GOOD