Monthly Archives: February 2014


By Ron Levitt
Florida Media News

MIAMI — Assassins, the politically incorrect Zoetic Stage musical which opened at the Arsht Center’s blackbox Carnival stage Friday night,scores as a winner on several levels:

  1. It is a lesson in democracy and a rebuttal to the National Rifle Association regarding the use of firearms. If anyone seeing this show doesn’t envision the need for gun control, he or she must have been seeing another show or wearing heavy earmuffs.
  2. It is – in Broadway terminology – a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, which uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of...
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Assassins: Bold Musical About Presidential Killers, Miami New Times

By John Thomason
Thursday, Feb 6 2014

Legend has it that at the end of Edwin S. Porter’s pioneering 1903 short film The Great Train Robbery, when an actor playing a bandit points his gun directly into the camera and fires, many moviegoers were scared out of their wits. The medium was too new for a camera angle this sophisticated and Brechtian, so audience members were afraid the bullet would pierce the screen.

Photo: Justin Namon

Photo: Justin Namon

They’re a cauldron of schizophrenics, false patriots, cult followers, and bargain-basement kooks.

One hundred eleven years later, during the opening number of Zoetic Stage’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at the Arsht Center, it’s clear this trick...

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Zoetic Stage’s triumphant production

By Bill Hirschman

The most stunning aspect of Zoetic Stage’s triumphant production of the dark musical Assassins is how deafening its themes resonate nearly a quarter century later in today’s polarized world of disaffected people feeling impotent unless they resort to violence to be heard above the din.

Truths that were so discomfiting that the world premiere tanked trying to find a mainstream audience during the Gulf War, now seems frighteningly prescient -– and an accepted part of the norm.

That Zoetic has chosen this uncommercial Stephen Sondheim /John Weidman opus for its first musical – and succeeded in scaling its genius – is cause for local celebration. Director Stuart Meltzer and a...

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Zoetic Stages an all-to-relevant “Assassins” at the Arsht Center, The Miami Herald


As the possibility of achieving the American dream grows fainter for too many, as fresh examples of unfathomable acts of violence feed a voracious 24/7 news cycle, Assassins just may be the musical of the moment.

Yes, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and playwright John Weidman created their thought-provoking, surprisingly entertaining musical in 1990. But as the excellent new production by Miami’s Zoetic Stage abundantly demonstrates, Assassins remains all too resonant in 2014.

Sondheim’s work is more intellectually and musically challenging than most, so props to the still-young Zoetic and artistic director Stuart Meltzer for choosing Assassins...

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