Imagine a history lesson on presidential assassinations and attempted assassinations told by the assassins themselves. At Van Wert Civic Theatre last weeken and this weekend , you don’t have to imagine. “Assassins” is the bold telling of some of the darkest days and most dangerous individuals in American history, presented in musical form.
The show swings from educational to hysterical to everything in between with a cast that does an unbelievable job of carrying a close to two-hour show full of fast-paced, fact-filled scenes and songs.
This isn’t the nightly news. This is a reimagining of history in which the audience gets to be part of the thought process of how and why these individuals chose to act as they did, all presented as if the characters are part of an organized group being orchestrated across time.
I do not want to give too much away, but it is an interesting storyline. If you are a fan of local theatre, you will recognize a lot of faces giving great performances.
Kudos to director Christa Manning and company for being brave enough to do a show like this. This will definitely not be your normal night at the theatre, but that was part of the appeal.
The show runs again this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.