John Doyle’s ten-player actor-musician revival of “Sweeney Todd” manages to be as juicy and satisfying as Hal Prince’s original 1979 spectacular. The literal downsizing is conceptually justified by treating it as a Brechtian memory play recited at a madhouse. The intimate production might not have worked at such a large theater were it not for the creepy, intriguing performances of the versatile cast, especially Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone. Less epic and more dramatic, it compares favorably with Peter Brook’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” proving how reconceivable the great works of musical theater can be with the proper direction, creativity, and extensive dramaturgy.
Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 West 49th Street, $36.25-101.25, 212-239-6200; Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm.
According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.