ASSASSINS

by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman / directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith / Kokandy Productions, 2014 / Jeff Recommended

5 Jeff Award Nominations - Best Director of a Musical, Best Production of a Musical, Best Ensemble in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Eric Lindahl), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Jason Richards)

Selected as the #5 production of 2014 by Time Out Chicago

"Harvith’s ensemble and band deliver the best-sung and best-acted Assassins I’ve seen." Five out of five stars. - Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

"The current revival by Kokandy Productions — a must-see show running through July 20 at Theater Wit — is enough to make your hair stand up on end. Riveting on every count, it is a major achievement for director Rachel Edwards Harvith, as well as for her music director (Kory Danielson), her formidable cast, and her design team..." - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"For a sense of how much a theater space can positively impact a production, check out Stephen Sondheim's Assassins in the Theater Three space at Theater Wit. The great composer's rogues gallery of trigger-happy psychopaths and wannabes can be experienced up real close and personal in director Rachel Edwards Harvith's very solid production, which features some strong ensemble singing, an excellent little orchestra under the music direction of Kory Danielson and a very wide-and-shallow staging (I speak spatially, not thematically) that creates a wall of impressive sound and dramatic force." - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"When this show succeeds, as it does in the hands of this Sondheim-savvy creative team (led by stage director Rachel Edwards Harvith, music director Kory Danielson and scenic designer Zachary Gipson) and a cast of nimble singers who are acrobats of the tongue, the effect is almost Mozartian — a clear-eyed blend of human imperfection that is exquisite and complete." - Nancy Malitz, Chicago on the Aisle

 

music director: Kory Danielson / choreography: Mike Ford / scenic design: Zachary Gipson / lighting design: Brandon Wardell / costume design: Kate Setzer Kamphausen / properties design: Johnny Buranosky / sound design: Mikey Moran / stage manager: JC Widman

starring Cole Doman as the Balladeer / Eric Lindahl as Booth / Jason Richards as Byck / Patrick Byrnes as Czolgosz / Allison Hendrix as Fromme / Greg Foster as Guiteau / Michael Potsic as Hinckley / Neala Barron as Moore / Nathan Gardner as Oswald / Jeff Meyer as the Proprietor / Alex Heika as Zangara / Andrew Sickel (U/S, performed for Zangara)

photography by Tom McGrath