Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $14-$18.
After gaining huge exposure on the big screen, “the demon barber of Fleet Street” returns to his original home, the stage. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Weekend Theater knows its fake blood. Based on a character from a 19th-century British serial, “Sweeney Todd” tells the story of a barber, the titular Todd, who's exiled to Australia by a powerful judge who wants Todd's wife for his own. The story catches up with the barber post-exile. Deranged and hell-bent on revenge, Todd reopens shop, cutting more throats than hair. To hide his crimes, his sometimes lover Mrs. Lovett hides the remains in her meat pies, which quickly become the talk of London. The Weekend Theater bills this much-beloved Stephen Sondheim musical as an “intimate production,” which “shows us that sometimes melodrama is the most effective vehicle for capturing basic truths about the human condition.” Andy Hall directs and Lori Isner is musical director. The musical runs on weekends through June 22 with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.