Best DIY Pop Sensibility

City Paper

The difficulty of musical theater is often hidden in its mass appeal. Musicals are broad by design and a bit middlebrow these days—big-ticket Times Square tourist fare for the great unwashed visiting New York. All of which makes Stillpointe’s gritty, intimate productions of Broadway clichés such as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Hair,” and “Sweeney Todd” such revelations. These aren’t just big-idea musicals done on DIY-theater budgets; these are ambitious undertakings that both make pop sensibilities resonate with Baltimore’s avant-friendly theatergoers and also, in the case of the Ryan Haase-directed “Todd,” transform a sweeping Broadway legend into an underground fright.

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