Heritage Theatre Group doesn’t usually offer musicals as part of their season roster of classic plays, but that didn’t hinder director Krista Pennington’s ability to successfully fill the roles of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins,” with book by John Weidman.
Love is powerful. Love can be tender and nourishing. It can provide those idealized feelings so often shown in Hallmark commercials and romantic films. Lest we forget that power can also be unleashed in destructive and irrational ways, well, American playwright Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love (1983) will remind us as much.
If you’re going to the Heritage Theatre Group production of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” purely out of curiosity to see their twist on gender-reversed roles, first understand it is perhaps the least absurdist encounter you’ll have with this classic existentialist comedy.