Sweeney Todd | No Exit Cafe | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Sweeney Todd Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Through 5/20: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 7 PM

This revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 musical adaptation of Christopher Bond’s 1973 play about the murderous barber of Fleet Street squeezes the show into Theo Ubique’s smallish cabaret space. Director Fred Anzevino encourages the 13 cast members and four musicians to use every available square inch in the room—even the hall leading to the bathrooms. The result is electrifying and terrifying. The close quarters amp up the show’s pathos; it's hard not to feel characters' pain when they’re only an arm’s length away. Philip Torres is truly disturbing as the homicidal Sweeney. And Jacquelyne Jones’s Mrs. Lovett seems so real, and so worthy of love, you easily forgive her for baking Sweeney’s victims into her meat pies. —Jack Helbig

Price: $39-$44, $34-$39 students and seniors, $64-$69 with dinner

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