Jeremy Secomb and Siobhan McCarthy in The Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Photo by Sara Krulwich.
A friend recently said to me “Oh, God! Not another SWEENEY TODD!” And I understand. I couldn’t sit thru another GYPSY. But aren’t we all waiting for that one SWEENEY that really terrifies us?
This SWEENEY may be teeny with only 8 Actors and 3 Musicians, but it is the first one that truly creeped me out. I found myself looking all around so I wouldn’t be startled at Mr. Todd’s final entrance. Not that this production is gruesome. There is actually less blood than most, but Jeremy Secomb and Siobhan McCarthy are such a lethal pair, I found myself wondering which one was responsible for “breaking down” the corpses.
This production was site specific in London, but we have to settle for “immersive” at the Barrow Street Theatre, which is gutted to create a pie shop. Pies are available pre-show and the dinner tables double as playing space. There are no mics, which is both irksome and exciting.
So this SWEENEY delivers on meat pies and mayhem, and when Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello take over on April 11th, I may need to sit thru yet another performance of SWEENEY TODD. ; )
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One of the most glorious things about theater is that you can find great productions anywhere. A show doesn’t have to be on Broadway to be at the top of its form.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ is a shining example of musical theater perfection. The director, Jessica Stone has compiled a who’s who of New York comedic actors, set them loose on this slapstick musical comedy and the result is a gut-busting frolic. Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian’s Rainbow, Young Frankenstein) reinvents the role of Pseudolus with his unique brand of charm and humor, Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Buyer And Cellar) has exquisite comic timing as Hysterium and David Turner (Arcadia, Sunday In The Park) had me in hysterics with his Philia. I could go on; the entire cast is excellent. The inimitable Denis Jones puts a shine on the dance numbers and Ms. Stone has created theatrical champagne.
Over the past 4 years, I have watched Two River Theater take chances on directors, actors and shows. It is wonderful to see their smart speculations pay off grandly. THE SHOW ONLY RUNS THRU DECEMBER 13.
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It’s an 80 min. train ride from NY Penn Station to Red Bank, NJ. The Theater is a block from the train station. There are plenty of great restaurants right there.