Sondheim's "Assassins" at the U of Memphis 

It's no cliche to describe Assassins, Stephen Sondheim's dark musical meditation on the men and women who've either killed or tried to kill an American president, as history viewed in a funhouse mirror. The fast-paced revue is set in an amusement park shooting gallery where time bends and characters, who never actually knew one another, come face to face.

It's a place where Lincoln's murderer, John Wilkes Booth, provides inspiration for John F. Kennedy's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald. It's a melodic dystopia where the dizzy Charles Manson acolyte Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme teaches dizzy and disgruntled former bookkeeper Sara Jane Moore how to shoot by taking potshots at a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket ...

Read the rest of Chris Davis' review of the U of M's production of Assassins from this week's Flyer.

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