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Assassins The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 20 2014

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 1990 musical takes a darkly comic look at the men and women who have attempted to kill a president of the United States. Stuck at a kind of purgatorial shooting gallery, the assassins are depicted as the dangerous result of filling desperate or disordered minds with myths of boundless American promise. The cast of Rachel Edwards Harvith's emphatic staging for Kokandy Productions capture the characters' rage and paranoia, but their fevered approach is murder on the jokes, which barely register. Still, several members of the ensemble manage to convey an effective mix of pathos and fury, especially Neala Barron and Jason Richards as Sara Jane Moore and Sam Byck, who tried to do in Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, respectively. —Zac Thompson

Price: $38

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