“The history of the world, my love, is those below serving those up above.” The daunting lyrics of Stephen Sondheim seem to echo through our world at present, where at the top are seated those privileged few making mock of the vermin in the lower zoo, and what better way to exemplify this than to take one of Sondheim’s darker musical classics and spin it on its head in a modern vent? Rep Stage is giving you Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with this concept firmly in mind.
What is Urinetown? Urinetown is here. It’s the town wherever people learn to live in fear. A surprisingly powerful and accurately poignant statement arising from one of Broadway’s darkest satirical musical comedies has taken up residence in Alexandria in the Black Box Theatre of the Ainslie Arts Center at Episcopal High School under the fine production of Monumental Theatre Company. Directed by Jenna Duncan with Musical Direction by Bobby McCoy, this vivaciously vigorous version of the show,