by Chris Zammarelli
South Park Sondheim
And now American Playhouse's production of Trey Parker and Matthew
Stone's "Assassins In South Park", starring:
Chef as the Folksinger
Someone tell the story
Someone sing the song
Of how I'd love to lay you down
And go a little wrong
Uncle Jimbo as the Proprietor
Now this is a four-fifty...
The Mayoress as Leon Czolgosz
I did it because it is wrong for one man to have so much
press when I have none.
Eric Cartman as Charles Guiteau
I am goin' to the lordy
That is so sweet!
Wendy Testeburger as Squeaky Fromme
Stan as John Hinkley, Jr.
I am unworthy of your love...
Mrs. Cartman as Sara Jane Moore
This one was on sale. It - no, not the Cheesy Poofs - well,
actually the Cheesy Poofs, too.
The School Psychologist as Zangara
I did it because my belly was on fire, mm-okay?
Mr. Garrison as Lee Harvey Oswald
Oh my god, he killed Kennedy! You bastard!
Ned as Samuel Byck
Officer Barbrady as Bystander #1
We crowded up close
And I see this guy
And I say,
'Nothing to see here'!
Kyle as John Wilkes Booth
Kenny as David Herold, James Garfield, and Gerald Ford
Dude! Have you seen these papers? Do you know what they're
calling me? A common cutthroat! A hired assassin! This one says I'm
Ee msv bn md t fnk ee kid kll th residin n gt a ay wid id!
Dude, we did get away with it! He was a bloody tyrant and we
brought him down!
Discuss this in Finishing the Chat, Sondheim.com's discussion forum.
Assassins is about how society interprets the American Dream, marginalizes outsiders and rewrites and sanitizes its collective history. "Something Just Broke" is a major distraction and plays like an afterthought, shoe horned simply to appease. The song breaks the dramatic fluidity and obstructs the overall pacing and climactic arc which derails the very intent and momentum that makes this work so compelling...
- Mark Bakalor
I found [the Sondheim Celebration's Company] to be completely delightful. Almost all of the numbers excited and energized me, and most of the scenes were about as pitch-perfect as you can get. I just sat there with a big smile on my face the whole show.
Which is not to say that it is perfect...
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