A friend of mine went last night to see New York City Opera’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. As soon as she got home, she sent me this e-mail:
Something unexpected hit me close to the end of the second act, about the time all hell was breaking loose and the chorus was running around like mad singing “City on Fire”. Up til then, it was a pretty enjoyable show. Then all of a sudden, all the chaos on stage felt too real and I remembered how the Village was the night the World Trade Center was attacked – that horrible metallic burning smell and the air thick with smoke. And the madman onstage waving a razor, seething with vengeance made me uncomfortable. I wasn’t planning on that feeling so real.
That’s a memory I’m glad not to have.