Needless to say, in the brilliant haute tastelessness of the Kiki and Herb aesthetic, this was genius swathing genius.
But back to casts (and premieres): the Custom Made Theatre Company scored a real coup, if not a coup d'état, with the Bay Area premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. The small black box company assembled a terrific cast and offered a smart production design in no way lessened by its clearly low-budget proportions. Artistic director Brian Katz's agile execution, if that's the right word, of Sondheim's musical-drama rumination on the men and women who tried to assassinate various American presidents was one of the year's little big surprises and, heading into election year 2008, left us on a feel-good note.
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