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Provincetown’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ is a haunting devil’s playground

By Howard Karren Banner Staff

Tom Hewitt as Sweeney Todd comes razor close to fulfilling his dream of vengeance while shaving Judge Turpin (Eric McNaughton in the Provincetown Theater’s production of “Sweeney Todd: The Barber of Fleet Street”

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The musical is arguably Sondheim’s masterpiece…

It’s difficult to overstate how much Drake has accomplished here, and the bar continues to be set ever higher, especially after his insanely good spring production of “August: Osage County.”

The acting of this “Sweeney Todd” cast is startlingly professional and persuasive, from the leads down to the ensemble. Tom Hewitt, a Broadway import, is an intense and riveting Sweeney …

Scenic designer and technical director Ellen Rousseau has created a dazzling center stage with bleacher seats raked up on either side, as she did in “August: Osage County.”

Sam Sewell’s sound design and effects (like a low-frequency rumble) are also thrilling, but high praise must be reserved for music director and arranger John Thomas, who does more with three musicians than might seem possible.

Perfectly paced (never a draggy moment) and damn near flawless in its execution…. this “Sweeney Todd” is a tribute to the directing talents of David Drake. Theater is now a happening thing in Provincetown, and the Provincetown Theater under his leadership is its throbbing heart. May we never get used to the level of excellence and inspiring creativity he consistently delivers — and may it never end.


Driscoll: Tony Winner in ‘Sweeney Todd’

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Tony Nominee Tom Hewitt Will Star in Sweeney Todd in Provincetown


Provincetown Plans Solo Show Festival For Gay Pride Month


Performance Series Kick Off in Provincetown

Stellar cast drives powerful family dynamic in ‘August’

Auditions For Sweeney Todd in P-Town


Mosquito slams to focus on locals’ off-season stories

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Provincetown Theater Holds Open Auditions for “Sweeney Todd”


August: Osage County’ detonates brilliantly on P’town stage

Provincetown Theater Casting Cape Cod Premiere of Tony Award and Pulitzer Winner August: Osage County

Free play-reading series to begin in Provincetown

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MAKING THE NEWS IN 2018

LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!  – THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

BANNER: http://provincetown.wickedlocal.com/entertainment/20180725/mortal-sins-and-wins-of-love-valour-compassion-at-provincetown-theater

CAPE COD TIMES:  http://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20180720/mcnallys-love-valour-compassion-stunner

PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE:  http://pmag.provincetownmagazine.com/new/index.php/2018/07/21/review-love-valour-compassion/

PROVINCETOWN AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT AWARD – TERRENCE MCNALLY RECEIVES INAUGURAL P.A.P.A. AWARD

PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE:  http://pmag.provincetownmagazine.com/new/index.php/2018/07/18/seasons-change-love-remains/

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU – THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

BANNER:
http://provincetown.wickedlocal.com/entertainment/20180523/keeping-up-with-wild-and-woolly-sycamores-you-cant-take-it-with-you-at-provincetown-theater

CAPE COD TIMES:  http://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainment/20180520/you-cant-take-it-with-you-play-you-can-still-love

PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE:  http://pmag.provincetownmagazine.com/new/index.php/2018/05/19/review-you-cant-take-it-with-you/

PTOWNIE.COM:
https://ptownie.com/you-cant-take-it-with-you-provincetown-theater/

QUEERGURU:
https://www.facebook.com/queerguru/?hc_ref=ARQf8dZ3M-S6QHBTtcFFAZYEe7y4HZPVH7S7HunWAFPgwa6iEBFipRj02tIWa-gv2y8&fref=nf

2018 SEASON PRODUCTIONS

PLAYBILL:
http://www.playbill.com/article/david-drake-will-direct-love-valour-compassion-at-provincetown-theater

BROADWAYWORLD.COM:
https://www.broadwayworld.com/boston/article/Provincetown-Theater-Announces-Cast-For-Spring-Opener-YOU-CANT-TAKE-IT-WITH-YOU-20180417

THE BANNER:
http://truro.wickedlocal.com/entertainment/20180420/starting-anew-at-provincetown-theater

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DAVID DRAKE

BOSTON GLOBE:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2017/11/27/new-artistic-director-named-provincetown-theater/nBGk4UN71IOj5QcT72ZzJI/story.html

PLAYBILL:
http://www.playbill.com/article/david-drake-named-artistic-director-of-provincetown-theater

GAY CITY NEWS:
http://gaycitynews.nyc/cape-cods-new-impresario/

BROADWAYWORLD.COM:
https://www.broadwayworld.com/boston/article/David-Drake-Named-New-Artistic-Director-of-Provincetown-Theater-20171127

BOSTON SPIRIT MAGAZINE:
http://bostonspiritmagazine.com/2017/11/provincetown-theater-names-obie-winner-david-drake-artistic-director/

CAPE COD TIMES:
http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20171127/provincetown-theater-undertakes-rebalancing

THE BANNER:
http://truro.wickedlocal.com/entertainment/20171130/david-drake-named-artistic-director-of-provincetown-theater—announcement-comes-amid-show-cancellations-and-staff-cutbacks

PTOWNIE.COM:
https://ptownie.com/artistic-director-provincetown-theater/

THE 24 HOUR THEATER FESTIVAL

BROADWAYWORLD.COM:
https://www.broadwayworld.com/boston/article/Provincetown-Playwrights-Lab-Announces-8th-Annual-24-Hour-Theater-Festival-20180207

CAPE COD TIMES:  http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170211/provincetown-theater-festival-tests-playwrights-creativity

PTOWNIE.COM:
https://ptownie.com/provincetown-theater-festival-2018/

REBUILDING BY BUILDING COMMUNITY, DAVID WILSON

THE BANNER:      http://provincetown.wickedlocal.com/news/20180203/david-wilson-and-rob-compton-are-not-retiring-types