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Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Milwaukee Rep Turns Its Sights on 'Assassins'

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The Milwaukee Rep opens its Quadracci Powerhouse season with Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. In this oddly themed musical, Lee Harvey Oswald sings alongside John Wilkes Booth and other presidential assassins (or would-be assassins).

The revue isn't the most successful of Sondheim's musicals. Even still, it has seen its fair share of stages over the years. In fact, Milwaukee's Windfall Theatre produced the show a few months ago.

The Milwaukee Rep's production, directed by Mark Clements, comes less than three months before the next presidential election. Amid a murky sea of ad campaigns during a serious financial crisis, the Rep explores the darker edge of the American dream.

It's easy to criticize a musical that paints a general overview of a topic as complex as presidential assassinations, but Sondheim has definitely tapped into a subject that fascinates the American people. If Clements and the Rep can access just some of that fascination, they should have a success on their hands.

The Milwaukee Rep's production of Assassins runs Sept. 4-Oct. 7 at the Quadracci Powerhouse. For ticket reservations, call 414-224-9490.

Theater Happenings

Edward Morgan directs a Milwaukee premiere as Next Act Theatre opens its season with Microcrisis. Mike Lew's comedy about the next major financial meltdown runs Sept. 27-Oct. 21. For ticket reservations, call 414-278-0765.

Also next month, Off the Wall Theatre opens its season with the world premiere of Artistic Director Dale Gutzman's A Man Like Hong Kong. The play runs Sept. 20-30. For ticket reservations, call 414-327-3552.
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