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Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd is based on the 19th century melodrama about a London criminal Todd is sort of portrayed as a noble figure driven to crime when Judge Turpin takes his wife and child from him He is unjustly imprisoned and vows revenge not only to the judge but also to all the people of London The theater production began with an awesome staging of eeriness to further the mood of the title itself My attention was captured as soon as the play began The thick mist gives way to an entire underworld of Londoners They come out with their gutter costumes and worn-looking faces In cut-off laconic phrases they sing verses of the Sweeney Todd ballad The ballad is important to the play Every time I heard it it just reminded me of the evil that was on stage I think this was the purpose of the song--to keep the audiences attention focused on the insanity surrounding Sweeneys killing spree The band of beggars and street people advance toward the audience in rags and in anger They are very important in showing Sweeneys personality early in the show To complete the actors purpose Sweeney Todd himself rises from the pits below His face has evil and revenge written all over it Sweeney Todd was very convincing with his role He has one of the most inspired roles yet it is filled with dark humor In on scene where he is proceeding to slit throat after throat a customer comes in with his family Sweeney just looks on in irritation and frustration It is hilarious Sweeney allows the audience to experience several emotions--from horror and disbelief to sympathy and compassion Although Sweeney is committing murderous acts he is acting out of the love of his family His daughter has been stolen from him and his wifes life has been ruined although he thinks she is dead Sweeney
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