I got together with a bunch of friends last night to see Sweeney Todd at the Colonial Theatre (the stage version – not an advanced screening of the Tim Burton film with Johnny Depp). The theatre was only filled to half capacity. Well, the balcony and mezzanine were (being so high up I couldn’t see but the first few rows of the orchestra level).
The show was fun…and from a distance, the lead character seemed rather hot.
I was disappointed in the lack of gore, though. I’d always heard this show was about a barber who kills customers and then sells pies baked with thier body parts (who comes up with this stuff?). Alas, by the intermission, only one person had been killed…and it wasn’t bloody at all! It was more ‘symbolic’ – the stage lighting would go red and an uncomfortable squealing noise appeared for 10+ seconds.
But one murder? Where’s the excitement in that? The second act made up for it in spades, though, with nearly every character but two ending up dead.
All in all, I guess I enjoyed it. But, being a product of my generation, I think I’ll enjoy the movie more. I can just imagine how creative Tim Burton will get.
Anyway, that was last night…and today is Halloween (my least favorite holiday). Being gay, it’s supposed to be my favorite. It’s not. It scares me. I don’t like strangers knocking on my door (hell, I don’t even like friends knocking on my door unless I know they’re coming), I don’t like people playing tricks outside in the dark, I don’t like drunk people, and I specifically don’t like drunk college kids (an unavoidable thing in the Boston area).
I’ll be happy when November first arrives.
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