Minimalist but effective production, with a hard working cast with varying degrees of vocal and acting talent. It's bolstered by some genuinely creative staging and the good fortune of being accompanied by a live orchestra.
The lead is competently portrayed by the gigantic Walter M. Mayes. His sheer physical stature lends the part a unique gravitas which his performance would be lacking otherwise.
On the otherhand, Ruth E. Stein's Mrs. Lovett is polished to a bright lustre, both in singing prowess and comic-timing.
The remaining cast members carry their weight, with honorable mention to Jordan Pajarillo, who's superb vocal interpretation and earnest characterization of young Tobias almost steals the show.
Enjoyment of the overall experience was tempered only by some annoying audio problems and poor execution by the lighting crew.
Disappointingly, the theatre was undeservedly half full on a Saturday night. Please support your local repertory companies, South Bay!