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SWEENEY TODD

Jun 01 – Jul 07 2017

Pictured: Ben Gonio as Sweeney Todd. Photo by John McLellan.

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SWEENEY TODD
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – A Musical Thriller
June 1 – July 1, 2017
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

1979 Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book, Score, and Lyrics

Stephen Sondheim’s bloody masterpiece Sweeney Todd –  a worldwide success since its Broadway premiere in 1979 – tells the tale of an unjustly exiled man who, after returning to the city that cast him out, finds refuge in an abandoned attic barbershop. There he forms an unlikely partnership with the woman downstairs, the pie baker Mrs. Lovett, herself an outcast with an axe to grind against the ruling powers. When the two hatch a gutsy plan for revenge, the powerful elite – who have for years swept the powerless under the rug – are soon swallowed up by the same hungry masses they worked to oppress.

“There is more artistic energy, creative personality and plain excitement than in a dozen average musicals. Mr. Sondheim has composed an endlessly inventive, highly expressive score that works indivisibly from his brilliant and abrasive lyrics.” – The New York Times

“Sweeney Todd is above all cracking high class entertainment with a pulsating score and a fascinatingly lurid cast of characters that is at times little more than a singing freak show though it is none the worse for that.” – The Independent

“Must be seen by anyone who cares about the gifts and risks of Broadway at its best.” – Newsweek

Tickets

Adults – $39.50

Seniors – $35 – 65+

Students – $19 – with valid school ID

Run time is approximately 2.5 hours with one intermission.

Water-based haze is used in this production. 

 

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FROZEN

Apr 20 – May 14 2017

April 20 – May 14, 2017
By Bryony Lavery

2004 Tony Award Nominated Best Play
2004 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play

One evening ten-year-old Rhona goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic, comes to England to research a thesis: “Serial Killing—A Forgivable Act?” Then there’s Ralph, a loner who’s looking for some distraction. Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark on a long, dark journey which finally curves upward into the light. Angry, humane and compassionate, FROZEN is an extraordinary play that entwines the lives of a murderer, the mother of one of his victims and his psychologist to explore our capacity for forgiveness, remorse and change after an act that would seem to rule them out entirely.

“…[a] fine play…so concentrated and unflinching that at times it takes your breath away.” — Observer (London).

“A major play…thrilling, humane and timely.” —Times (London).

“…[a] big, brave, compassionate play about grief, revenge, forgiveness and bearing the unbearable.” — Guardian (London).

“Consistently surprising and even bravely comic…The almost thriller-like promise of the play’s climactic confrontation is like a time-bomb ticking in the back of your head.” — Independent (London)

Tickets

Adults – $37.50

Seniors – $33 – 65+

Students – $17 – with valid school ID

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Run time is 2 hours 30 minutes with an intermission.

Note about content: Frozen features mature themes, strong language and references to violence. This play is not recommended for children.

Note about the stage: Frozen is presented in the round. A diagram of the seating arrangement is visible when you select your tickets.

SHOW SEMINAR WITH MATHEW WRIGHT


How does a story become timeless? Why do we write and perform tragedies? What do  James Joyce, William Shakespeare and the Bible all have in common?  Find out 6:30pm on Friday, April 28, when ArtstWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright will give an unparalleled look inside his bold vision for Frozen and the extraordinary breadth of influences bringing this production to life.

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MILK LIKE SUGAR

Mar 02 – Mar 25 2017

March 2 – March 25, 2017
By Kirsten Greenidge

2012 Obie Award Winner
2011 Edgerton Foundation Winner (New American Play Award)
2011 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Winner (Outstanding New Play)

It is Annie Desmond’s sixteenth birthday and her friends have decided to help her celebrate in style, complete with a brand new tattoo. Before her special night is over, however, Annie and her friends enter into a life altering pact. When Annie tries to make good on her promise to her friends, she is forced to take a good look at the world that surrounds her. She befriends Malik, who promises a bright future, and Keera, whose evangelical leanings inspire Annie in a way her young parents have not been able to do. In the end Annie’s choices propel her onto an irreversible path in this story that combines wit, poetry, and hope.

“A distinctive view of a matter of vital currency, crisply delineated characters who reveal more layers as the play proceeds, richly funny vernacular dialogue… Milk Like Sugar delivers piercing glimpses of the way underachievement and unhappiness are passed down from generation to generation.” The New York Times

“Kirsten Greenidge’s fast-talking, victim-taking New York debut.” – Entertainment Weekly

“The title refers to the sweet powdered milk that offers far more flavor than nutritional value. But the tart Milk Like Sugar offers plenty of both!” – The New York Post

Tickets

Adults – $37.50

Seniors – $33 – 65+

Students – $17 – with valid school ID

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3/17 – INSIDE THE DIRECTING OF MILK LIKE SUGAR: A CONVERSATION WITH MALIKA OYETIMEIN *CANCELLED*

Join us at 6:30pm before the performance for a special seminar about Milk Like Sugar, featuring a conversation between director Malika Oyetimein and ArtsWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased whether or not you plan to attend that evening’s performance of Milk Like Sugar. Don’t miss it!

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3/18 – TALK BACK WITH MILK LIKE SUGAR CAST

Ticket holders to the Saturday, March 18 performance are invited to join us for a special evening with the Milk Like Sugar cast. After the 7:30pm performance, engage in a conversation with the cast about the themes, issues and creative challenges involved with this powerful production.

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Note about content: Milk Like Sugar incorporates mature themes, including teen pregnancy, and features some use of strong language.

Milk Like Sugar features some use of water-based haze.

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Mothers and Sons

Jan 19 – Feb 12 2017

EXTENDED! ADDED PERFORMANCE ON SUNDAY 2/12 AT 3PM

 

Written by Terrence McNally

2014 Tony Award Nominated Best Play
2014 Drama League Nominated Outstanding Play

By turns smartly funny and powerfully resonant, this latest play from acclaimed dramatist Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!, Corpus Christi, Master Class) portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

“Terrence McNally is a probing and enduring dramatist. A resonant elegy for a ravaged generation, MOTHERS AND SONS wears its significance defiantly.” — The New York Times

“Eloquent, exceptionally timely and intensely resonant. A moving reflection on a changed America.” — The Chicago Tribune

“A masterpiece. Terrence McNally is one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theatre world has yet produced. MOTHERS AND SONS is profound. Heartbreaking. Triumphant.” — The New York Observer

Runtime: 90 minutes without intermission.

Tickets

Adults – $37.50

Seniors – $33 – 65+

Students – $17 – with valid school ID

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